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Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!



ABP: Atchafalaya Basin Program Seeks Project Nominations
The Advocate: Fishing Report: Water is Everywhere
Houma Times: Hog Wild: Wild boar abundant in local grasslands, making fruitful hunt
Louisiana Sportsman: Call less, kill more gobblers
The Ind: New map, warning system gives detailed flood risk, but not for inside levees
The Daily Reveille: LSU professor electrofishes with classes
Louisiana Sportsman: Freshen up: Bass are an added bonus for coastal kayak anglers
The Advocate: Strange find in the Gulf of Mexico: Extremely rare - some even say 'cute' - pocket shark

Save the Date:

Étouffee Festival, April 24 - 26 in Arnaudville
Ag Magic, April 25 and 26 from 10 am to 3 pm in Baton Rouge
Novice Canoe/Kayak Lesson & Guided Paddle Trip, April 25 from 8 - 11:30 am at Vermilionville
Bushcraft Demonstrations, April 25 from 9 - 10 am at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville
Fourth Annual Pilgrimage to Bayou Chene, April 25 at the former Bayou Chene community in the Atchafalaya Basin
Hwy. 14 Gateway Cleanup, April 25 from 9 am to noon in New Iberia
Azalea Trail, April 1- 30 in New Iberia
Kayaking 101 - Basic Skills for Flatwater Kayaking, April 30 at Lake Martin 
Les Mains Guidées: Edible Wild Plants, workshop on May 2 from 10 am to 1 pm at Vermilionville
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, May 1-3 from 4 pm-midnight Friday, 10 am-midnight Saturday, and 9 am-4 pm Sunday. 2090 Rees Street in Breaux Bridge
Last Bayou Passage: A Journey on the Last Steam-Powered Paddle Wheeler to Travel Bayou Teche, April 28 - May 3 at the Teche Theater in Franklin
Iberia Parish Day, May 5 from 10 am - 2 pm at the Atchafalaya Welcome Center
Step Outside Day, SATURDAY MAY 9 from 9 am to 3 pm at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area in the Atchafalaya Basin
Creole Okra Festival, May 14-16 at 203 N. New Market Street in St. Martinville
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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Let us know if you have an upcoming event to promote the Basin!

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 4/24/2015


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: 44.9'
24 hour change: -0.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 40.2' by 4/29, CRESTED

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: 50.9'
24 hour change: +0.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 51.3' by 4/29, expect to CREST at 51.5 on 5/4

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 33.7'
24 hour change: +0.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 34.3' by 4/29, expect to CREST at 34.5 on 5/4

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 13.0'
24 hour change: +0.2'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 13.6' by 4/29, expect to CREST at 14.0 on 5/6

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: 30.3
Forecast: expect to RISE to 31.2' by 4/29

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 23.5'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 24.3' by 4/29

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 21.0'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 21.7' by 4/29

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 15.4'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 15.8' by 4/29

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 8.7'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 9.0' by 4/29

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 8.9'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 9.3 by 4/29

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 5.4'
Forecast: expect to REMAIN through 4/29

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 13.72'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 8.30'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 23.07'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 7.06'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 12.73'

Beau Bayou N. of Bayou Darby
Stage: 17.75'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 12.62'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 16.67'



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