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Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!




Atchafalaya Basin Program Project Nominations, May 31 is the last day to submit a project nomination for next year's plan
The Advocate: Water continues to be problem for anglers
LDWF: L.D.W.F. Announces 2015 Alligator Lottery Hunts
Louisiana Sportsman: Does your deer herd measure up? Two new environmental observation systems for shippers will improve safety and efficiency of commerce in Louisiana
Times-Picayune: Angler uses fishing lure to catch giant bullfrogs
LDWF: Louisiana Safe Boating Week Set For May 16-22
Daily World: 'Bully' for the black bear

Save the Date:

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
4th Annual Plaquemine Elks' Crawfish Shootout, May 16 from 9 am to 4 pm at Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park
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
Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow, May 16 - 17 in Marksville
LDWF: WETSHOP 2015 Registration Deadline is May 20
4th Annual Krotz Springs Sportsmen's Heritage Festival, May 21 - 24
Blessing of the Boats and Boat Parade, May 24 at 2 pm at the Morrison Parkway public boat launch in False River
Bayou Vermilion Kayak Lessons & Guided Paddle Trip, May 30 at 8 am at Vermillionville
Healing Traditions: Creole folk medicine, May 30 from 11 am - 2 pm at Vermilionville
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
Friends of the Atchafalaya monthly meeting, June 23 at 7 pm in Baton Rouge (no meeting for May)


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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 5/15/2015


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: 23.1'
24 hour change: -0.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 20.8' by 5/20

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: 43.8'
24 hour change: -0.6'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 44.8' by 5/20

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 28.2'
24 hour change: -0.7'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 28.6' by 5/20

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 10.5'
24 hour change: -0.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 9.7' by 5/20

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: 24.4'
Forecast: expect RISE to 25.7' by 5/20

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 18.6'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 20.0' by 5/20

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 16.9'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 18.0' by 5/20

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 13.1'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 13.7' by 5/20

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 8.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 8.5' by 5/20

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 7.8'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 8.1' by 5/20

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 5.0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 4.8' by 5/20

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 7.90'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.77'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 6.88'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 11.91'

Beau Bayou N. of Bayou Darby
Stage: 16.91'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 10.83'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 14.95'



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