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Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!









Atchafalaya Basin Program Project Nominations, May 30 is the last day to submit a project nomination for next year's plan
LWF: Coloring and Activity Booklet Now Available
KATC: Registration open for Riviere Rouge, 410 & Tour du Teche
The Advocate: Smiley Anders: Nature callin' leads to man fallin' ... off the Atchafalaya Basin bridge
The Advertiser: The Weather Channel set for Crawfish Festival and more
The Independent:  The 10 most surreal landscapes in the world
Louisiana Sportsman: Pending legislation would require LDWF permit to transport feral hogs in Louisiana
Louisiana Sportsman: LDWF issues advisory on spread of cogongrass
Louisiana Sportsman: Butte La Rose bailout - Kayak fishing tips for the Atchafalaya Basin
L.D.W.F. Announces 2015 Waterfowl Hunter Opinion Survey

Save the Date:

Boating Education Lagniappe Day, May 2 in various locations
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
Atchafalaya Trace Commission Meeting, May 6 at 10 am at the Capitol Park Welcome Center, 702 N. River Road in Baton Rouge
LWF Monthly Commission Meeting Scheduled for May 7, 2015
Step Outside Day, May 9 from 9 am to 3 pm at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area in the Atchafalaya Basin
Intermediate/Advanced Guided Paddle Trip, May 9 from 8:30 - 11:30 am at Vermilionville
Kayaking 101 - Basic Skills for Flatwater Kayaking, May 14 at 5:30 pm at Lake Martin
Creole Okra Festival, May 14-16 at 203 N. New Market Street in St. Martinville
Chitimacha Paddle Race, May 16 from New Iberia's City Park to the public boat ramp in the Chitimacha Nation near Charenton
A Day in the Life of the Early Acadian Child, May 16 from 10 am - noon at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville
LDWF: WETSHOP 2015 Registration Deadline is May 20
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.


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: 35.9'
24 hour change: -3.2'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 27.2' by 5/6

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: 52.3'
24 hour change: +0.2'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 52.0' by 5/6, expect to NEAR CREST

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 35.1'
24 hour change: +0.2'
Forecast: expect to HOLD at 35.1' by 5/6, expect to CREST at 35.2 on 5/1 PM

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 13.7'
24 hour change: -0.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 13.7' by 5/6, expect to CREST at 14.0 on 5/2 PM

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: 31.59'
Forecast: expect to HOLD at 31.6' by 5/6

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 24.46'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 24.6' by 5/6

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 22'
Forecast: expect to HOLD at to 22.0' by 5/6

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 16.04'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 16.2' by 5/6

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 9.0'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 9.1' by 5/6

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 9.5'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 9.8 by 5/6

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 5.6'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 5.7' by 5/6

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 14.11'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 8.92'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 21.23'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 7.43'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 13.29'

Beau Bayou N. of Bayou Darby
Stage: 18.27'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 12.93'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 16.94'



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