Archive for the ‘Basin Perspectives’ Category

LSU study looks at Basin differently…

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

This story:

and this report:

look at the differences in coastal land loss in the Atchafalaya and Terrebonne Basins from a different perspective that is worth studying.


Basin Background Info

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Background and observations on the Atchafalaya Basin Program

[Ed. Note: This document was prepared by documentarian Charles Caillouet, a former contractor to the Atchafalaya Basin Program, a founder of the Friends of the Atchafalaya, and a current member of the Atchafalaya Trace Commission. It represents the views of the author and some FOA members but may include opinions that are not in agreement with other members of the FOA. It does not necessarily represent the opinions of the Staff or other members of the Trace Commission. Please gather perspectives from other observers and develop your own opinions.]  (more…)

MRC Presentation August 2014

Monday, September 1st, 2014

This is the document delivered to the Mississippi River Commission in August 2014 at the hearing in Houma after the Corps of Engineers low-water boat trip down the Mississippi and the Atchafalaya:



This is the short  oral presentation made in the hearing, in conjunction with the delivery of the above document:




Atchafalaya Basin Action Table Survey

Monday, August 5th, 2013

The Friends of the Atchafalaya are attempting to gather opinions from our partners and supporters in the Basin on approaches to restoration in the Floodway and surrounding areas. The attached documents include our own opinions, as well as several options that we might not approve of. We have tried to identify our goals as separate from the survey options. Please contact me if you are confused by any of the documents.

charlesc _a_ t_ (Type it like a normal email address, not like it looks here – spam is a pain.)

The documents are:

1) A letter from FOA explaining the project and asking for your input – note that it has two pages with details on the second page.

2) The survey in Excel spreadsheet form if you want to fill it out electronically and return it that way.
Atchafalaya Basin Action Table Spreadsheet

3) The survey in PDF format so that you can print it and fill it out by hand.
Atchafalaya Basin Action Table Printout

Atchafalaya Basin in 2011

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

[Updated – November 10, 2011]

On October 31, 2011, this writer gave a presentation as a part of Experience Atchafalaya Days 2011, on the Atchafalaya Basin and the Flood of 2011.

There is so much to talk about when one tries to define the Basin (it represents different things to just about everyone you ask), how it developed (natural and man-made changes), the players involved in managing and observing the Basin (dozens of Federal, State and local government agencies and at least that many non-governmental citizen groups, non-profits and special-interests), and the current situation (or at least one person’s view of it.)

The previous paragraph illustrates my problem.

On top of that, the preliminary information on the 2011 Flood from the various Agencies, by way of the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program, the State coordinator for the flood response effort, is a heavy load, thanks to the unprecedented amount of data and personal observations available during the flood event.

Make no mistake, this is not a fully documented scientific document. I do not claim to be an expert in any of the disciplines reflected in this presentation. I am only a persistent documentarian of the technical variety, who has spent a decade, trying to understand why my observations of the Atchafalaya Basin were so different from those passed on to me by my Dad, who also loved the Great Swamp, and fed his family working in the oil and gas industry, often out in the Basin. Unfortunately, he died before i saw the importance of getting his first-hand take on the changes.

So, if you are interested in seeing my latest take on the History of the Basin, the working of the Floodway, some of the changes taking place, and a summary of the preliminary 2011 Flood Report, a PDF file of the presentation slides and my notes are available. Send me an email at foa at basinbuddies dot org to get a copy. (Be warned, it’s not a small file – 42 MB – updated October 31, 2011.)



Who Runs the Basin?

Monday, March 14th, 2011

One of the common questions that i get when i tell people that i work with the Friends of the Atchafalaya is “Who runs the Atchafalaya Basin, anyway?”, as if there is a single person with a magic wand and a trunk full of dollars, making decisions about which areas to mess up and which ones to “save.”

The answer, of course, is incredibly complex, but, hopefully, this document will reveal part of it.


Canoeing Visitor Info

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I received a message today from a fellow who paddled in the Basin five years ago and was looking for some information on how to get back out into the Basin for another trip. He is cominng with three friends from all over North America.

I sent him a few links but i thought that it might be useful if i put those links up and asked you to send me more suggestions from your experience. This group is coming in May and needs canoes and guidance but you can send information about guides, canoe rentals, tours, houseboats or anything else you think might be useful. (more…)

Revisiting the “Water in the Basin” Report

Monday, November 17th, 2008

In August, 2002, the Atchafalaya Basin Program submitted a report to then-Governor Mike Foster, containing recommendations for the control of water flow through the Basin. The report was the culmination of a long process of investigation, public input, discussion and review by a committee, simply named the “Water in the Basin” Committee. (more…)