Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!



The Advocate: Macaluso: Grand Lake complaints were heard
 Times-Picayune: Numbers show not many teal on coastal WMAs
 The Advocate: Opening day of teal season a successful one
LDWF: It's alligator hunting season
ABP: Atchafalaya Basin Program seeks public input on Coon Trap Weir
Upcoming Meetings of the ABP for the 2017 Annual Plan:
Public Meeting: Thurs., Sept. 24 at 5 pm at the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse in Marksville
Public Meeting, Tues., Oct. 6 at 6 pm at City Hall, 1007 Amy St. in Henderson
Public Meeting, Wed., Oct. 7 at 6 pm at the Iberville Parish Chambers, 58050 Meriam St. in Plaquemine
Public Meeting, Thurs., Oct. 8 at 6 pm at the Visitor Center, 900 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Morgan City

Save the Date:

Deadline for Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail site submissions: Sept. 15
C.C. Lockwood's Louisiana Wild LIVE, Sept 16 at 6 pm at the Manship Theater in Baton Rouge
2015 Bayou Chene Reunion, Sept 19 from 10 am to 4 pm at Lake End Park in Morgan City
Pepper Festival, Sept 18 - 19 near the Evangeline Oak in downtown St. Martinville
Cajun French Music Festival, Sept 19 from 9 am to 5 pm in New Iberia.
Hummingbirds, Sept 19 at 2 pm, join Louisiana State Arboretum staff to learn how to attract hummingbirds to your own yard with flowers and feeders, Ville Platte.
Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival, Sept 23 at 5 pm in New Iberia
Become a Tour du Teche Volunteer, Deadline to become a volunteer: Sept. 25.
Harvest Moon Paddle & Supper at Lake Martin, Sept 25 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm,
Native American Culture Day, Sept 26 from 10 am to 4 pm in Vermilionville.
410 de Louisiane Paddle Race, Sept 26-27, paddle race from Bossier City to Berwick, visit for more information.
La Grande Boucherie, Oct. 3 from 10 am to 11 pm in St. Martinville
Washington Catfish Festival, Oct. 1-4 at the Washington Festival Grounds
I Always Do My Collars First, 12 pm, Oct. 7, free film showing at the West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 North Jefferson Avenue, in Port Allen.
Attakapas, the Story of the Cajun People, Oct. 7 and 8 at 7:30 pm at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette
13th Annual Catfish Festival, Oct 9-10, at the Melville Civic Center, 1105 First Street
Tour Des Atakapas, Oct. 10. Three, five, and seven-mile runs benefiting the completion of the Atakapas-Ishak Trail in Breaux Bridge.
Longfellow-Evangeline Historic Site Tours, daily Wed - Sun from 9 am - 5 pm.


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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 9/15/2015


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: 16.2'
24 hour change: +0.2'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 16.0' by 9/20

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: 22.8'
24 hour change: -0.5'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 22.2' by 9/20

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 9.3'
24 hour change: -0.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 8.4' by 9/20

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 3.1'
24 hour change: +0.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.8' by 9/20

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: 7.0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 6.3' by 9/20

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 4.8'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 4.2' by 9/20

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 4.2'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.7' by 9/20

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 3.6'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.2' by 9/20

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 2.8'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.6' by 9/20

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 2.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.3' by 9/20

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 2.3'
Forecast: expect to REMAIN through 9/20

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 5.90'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 16.96'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 2.37'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 7.08'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 5.84'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 9.69'


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