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Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!





LDWF Freshwater Fish Species Overview
Coastal News Today: Restoring the Atchafalaya River's Flow
Avoyelles Today: Louisiana Black Bear could lose 'protected' status
St. Mary Now: Shrimp & Petroleum Festival Poster Unveiled 
KATC: Lineup released for Festival Acadiens et Creoles
Louisiana Sportsman: South Louisiana QDMA to host free seminar Aug 6 
KATC: Spirit of Acadiana

Save the Date:

Taste of Acadiana Fundraiser in Lafayette, July 22
LA Outdoor Festival in Lafayette, July 25-27
2nd Annual Southwest Louisiana Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe Festival, July 25 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Farmers Market Pavilion at 828 E. Landry St. in Opelousas
Cajun French Music Association Dance in Baton Rouge, July 25
Bushcraft Demonstrations in St. Martinville, July 25
Louisiana Outdoor Expo, July 24 - 26 at the Cajundome and Convention Center in Lafayette
Acadian Day of Remembrance, July 28 at 3 pm at 121 South New Market St. in St. Martinville
Professional Development Workshop for Teachers, July 30-31 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Vermilionville
Petit Tour du Teche, paddling race for kids 5-17 with various age divisions, Aug 1
Wood Stork & Wading Bird Feeding Event, Aug 8 from 7 am to 12 pm at the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area - South Farm
Conversation in French around the coffee pot in St. Martinville, August 8


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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 7/21/2015


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: 47.5'
24 hour change: -0.2'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 46.5' by 7/25

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: 55.9'
24 hour change: +0.2'
Forecast: expect to CREST at 56.0' on 7/22AM

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 38.5'
24 hour change: +0.2'
Forecast: expect to CREST at 38.7' on 7/23PM

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 15.3'
24 hour change: +0.1'
Forecast: expect to CREST at 15.7 on 7/23PM

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: 34.42'
Forecast: expect RISE to 34.5 by 7/25

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 27.0'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 27.1' by 7/25

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 23.8
Forecast: expect to RISE to 24.1' by 7/25

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 16.96'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 17.1' by 7/25
Flood Warning

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 9.2'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 9.3' by 7/25

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 10.26'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 10.2' by 7/25
Flood Warning

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 6.04'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 6.3' by 7/25
Flood Warning

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 6.68'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.46'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 8.02'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 14.19'

Beau Bayou N. of Bayou Darby
Stage: 19.07'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 11.68'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 15.53'



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