Greetings from DNR Secretary Scott Angelle and the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program
CC Lockwood photograph selected by the USPS Bicentennial Stamp: CC Lockwood's iconic image, "Flat Lake Sunset," has been chosen by the USPS to be the official bicentennial stamp. Click here to see more.
Atchafalaya heritage program signs going up: http://www.postsouth.com/newsnow/x536734243/Atchafalaya-Heritage-program-signs-going-up
Proposed FY2013 Atchafalaya Basin Program Plan:
The Atchafalaya Basin Program Research and Promotion Board met on Thursday, December 1, 2011 to review public comments that had been received for the Draft FY2013 Annual Basin Plan. As a result of that meeting, the Draft FY2013 Annual Basin Plan has been updated to reflect the changes which were accepted at that meeting. The revised Draft FY2013 Annual Basin Plan can be found at http://dnr.louisiana.gov/assets/OCM/ABP/2013DRAFTPLAN_DEC.pdf. The plan will be presented at the next CPRA meeting scheduled for January 18, 2012.
Public Meeting information can also be viewed on the Atchafalaya Basin calendar here: http://dnr.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=490&pnid=273&nid=277 or the DNR calendar here: http://dnr.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=calendar&tmp=home.
Atchafalaya Basin Natural Resource Inventory and Assessment System:
The Atchafalaya Basin Natural Resource Inventory and Assessment System (ABNRIAS) is now available online at http://abp.cr.usgs.gov/
FY2011-2012 Atchafalaya Basin Program Annual Plan:
To view the FY2011-2012 Atchafalaya Basin Program Annual Plan, go to www.basin.louisiana.gov.
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.
Data is for 12/13/2011
ALL STAGE FORECASTS INCLUDE 24 HOURS OF FUTURE RAINFALL.
Mississippi 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'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 41.7' by 12/17
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'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 46.0' by 12/17
EXPECTED TO CREST NEAR 46.6 ON 12/21
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'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 28.3' by 12/17
Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 41'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 21.3' by 12/17
Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 37'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 19.1' by 12/17
Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 25'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 13.2' by 12/17
Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Forecast: expect to HOLD at 6.4' by 12/17
Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 7.6' by 12/17
Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 4'
Forecast: expect to HOLD at 4.0' by 12/17
NOTE: Gauge reading affected by ocean tides.
Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Beau Bayou Swamp
NA - Equipment malfunction
Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson