Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!



Times-Picayune: Louisiana Fisheries Summit to be held in Houma on Wednesday
WBRZ: Warning letters sent to homeowners in floodways
St. Mary Now: We're All Eagle Keepers After Expo
Louisiana Sportsman: Last week's cold front shouldn't dampen Basin sac-a-lait bite for long
The Advocate: Louisiana Art & Science Museum houses exhibit showing plants from Manchac Swamp

Save the Date:

Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit, March 11 from 8 am - 5 pm in Houma. Hands-on demonstrations include a Coast Guard Helicopter rescue, proper turtle-excluder device installation and the new wing trawling system.
Manchac: In the Wake of North Pass, a visual art exhibit that explores the destructive beauty and complex role of invasive aquatic plants upon the fragile ecology of Louisiana's bayous, Jan 10 through March 15 at LASM in Baton Rouge
Louisiana Sportsman Show: March 12-15 at Lamar-Dixon in Gonzales
Kayaking 101 - Basic Skills for Flat-water Kayaking Course, March 12 at 5 pm at Lake Martin
Annual Bayou Lafourche Cleanup Event, March 14 from 8 am - noon along the 106 mile stretch of Bayou Lafourche from Donaldsonville to Leeville
Beginner's Canoe/Kayak Lesson, March 14 from 8:30 - 11:30 am at Vermilionville
Acadian Memorial Heritage Festival and Wooden Boat Congrès, March 15 from 10 am - 4 pm in St. Martinville
Festival of Live Oaks, March 26 from 9 am-5 pm in New Iberia City Park
Kayaking 101 - Basic Skills for Flat-water Kayaking Course, March 26. Meet at Lake Martin at 4:45 p.m. Class begins at 5 p.m. Registration is required. Contact Pack & Paddle to reserve.
Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program - Weekend Workshop, March 25 - 27 at the Camp Grant Walker 4-H Center, in Polluck, LA
Attakapas: the Story of the Cajun People, March 26 and 27. A dynamic, immersive multi-media concert performance that incorporates visual projection and live music to tell the story of the Cajun people of Louisiana. 7:30 pm both nights at 101 West Vermilion Street in Lafayette
Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival, March 28 from 8 am to 6 pm at 102 Main Street in New Iberia
Bushcraft Demonstrations, March 28 from 9 am to 10 am at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville
Bayou Vermilion Novice Canoe/Kayak Lesson & Guided Paddle Trip, March 28 from 8:30 to 11:30 am at Vermilionville in Lafayette
Swamp Maple Paddle at Grand Gueule, March 28. Meet at Pack & Paddle in Lafayette at 9 am.
Chalmette's Crawfish Festival, March 26 - 29 at the Sigur Cultural Center, 8245 West Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette
World Championship Crawfish Etouffée Cook-Off, March 28 - 29 from 10 am-6 pm at the Northwest Community Center Pavilion, 501 Samuel Drive in Eunice
Alligators: Dragons in Paradise, a traveling exhibit from the Museum of Florida History TREX program. March 7 through June 6 at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge


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Checking the water:
The information below is obtained from the USGS and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and has been compiled by DNR into this format to allow a quick look at information pertinent to the Atchafalaya Basin. Click here for current weather conditions and water levels.

Data is for 3/10/2015


Ohio River at Cairo
Location: Southernmost gauge on the Ohio River in Illinois Reading significance - used to forecast rises on the Mississippi. Lag time, 4 to 6 days.
Flood Stage: 40'
Stage: 38.6'
24 hour change: +1.7'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 43.5' by 3/15, expect to crest at 46' on 3/19

Mississippi River, just south of ORCS, at Red River Landing
Reading: Mississippi River south of ORCS, after the diversion into the Atchafalaya
Flood Stage: 48'
Stage: 38.1'
24 hour change: +0.7'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 44.8' by 3/15

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 23.4'
24 hour change: +0.6'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 29.4' by 3/15

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 7.3'
24 hour change: +0.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 8.8' by 3/15

Atchafalaya River, just south of ORCS, at Simmesport
Reading: The combined latitudinal flows of the Red, Black, Ouachita, and ORCS flow from the Mississippi
Flood Stage: 47'
Stage: 21.7'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 27.1' by 3/15

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 15.9'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 21.3' by 3/15

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 14.1'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 19.0' by 3/15

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 10.1'

Forecast: expect to RISE to 13.6' by 3/15
Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 5.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 6.4' by 3/15

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 5.6'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 6.3' by 3/15

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 3.1'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 3.4' by 3/15

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 10.33'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 6.92'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 23.65'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 3.67'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 8.31'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 8.78'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 12.80'



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