Archive for the ‘General Information’ Category

Bookin’ it on the Bayou

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Here are some books that should interest you if you want to know more about the Atchafalaya Basin, the Mississippi River, Coastal Louisiana, or wild Louisiana, in general.  (more…)

Basin Information Sheets

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

These two downloadable PDF documents were prepared as handouts for 2014 LA Earth Day and are free to reproduce for distribution to anyone interested in the Atchafalaya Basin.



This map of the state shows the relationships among the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, the Atchafalaya Basin Floodways, and the Atchafalaya Basin Program purview.






This information sheet provides a reading list for anyone interested in the natural and cultural history of the Lower Mississippi River, the Atchafalaya River, the historical Atchafalaya Basin, and the Atchafalaya Basin Floodways. It also lists internet addresses for many Federal, State and local governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations operating in the Atchafalaya Basin area.



NARRP Conference Presentation

Monday, April 16th, 2012

PDF notes for the presentation made by Charles Caillouet to the National Association of Recreation Resource Planners is now available. Send me an email to foa at basinbuddies dot org.

It is titled Beauty, Violence, Turmoil, and Recovery: Life in a Great Swamp and addresses the history of the Basin, the working of the Floodways, other challenges to the Basin and the flood of 2011.

The file size is about 10 MB.


Atchafalaya Basin Maps

Friday, July 30th, 2010

We often get requests for maps of the Atchafalaya Basin. This post contains links to several useful sites where one can order or download maps of the area. Keep in mind that each organization listed here has a different definition of the Atchafalaya Basin, based on their perspective and/or their official mandates.


Heritage Area Has a New Video

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

From the Heritage Area office:

Atchafalaya National Heritage Area embarked on a branding campaign last year that includes media applications, new graphics, a tagline and a brand statement.  The brand statement was used as the script for a video we produced and can be viewed at .  The video will be used for promotional and educational purposes. (more…)

FOA Sites Attacked by Bad Guys

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

If you tried to reach one of the FOA or EAD sites this week, and got some funny looking code on your screen, it is because of a security problem with our hosting service. The problem allowed outsiders to replace the site address in the database with an outside address which tried to load bad stuff onto your machine. This problem affected sites running WordPress blog software and the problem is being plugged by the hosting service. (more…)

Old River Control Structures

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

In his recent reviews of Atchafalaya Basin Policy at, Len Bahr refers to this document as “The most concise and understandable description of the Atchafalaya River system of which I am aware…” It is well worth the read. It describes the construction,  workings, and operation of the Old River Control Structures and discusses the lower Mississippi River flood control policy.

Also, Len’s take on the integration of discussions about the Atchafalaya Basin and Coastal Issues in the second part of the series is hopeful.


FOA Plans Boat Landing Cleanups

Monday, September 15th, 2008

The Friends of the Atchafalaya Board has decided to sponsor a series of boat landing cleanup activities around the Basin. These activities will help the local parishes in their efforts to keep the landings clean and free from debris, and will remind boaters that they can help to keep the Basin clean and safe by bringing back their trash when they go out into the wild.

The first cleanup is tentatively scheduled for October 4, 2008 at the Bayou Sorrel landings (inside and outside the Basin) at 9 AM, but the storms have interrupted the planning process. So stay tuned and we will let you know if and when this event and later ones will happen.


Basin Program Hearings Postponed

Monday, September 8th, 2008

The Atchafalaya Basin Program announced today that the hearings planned around the Basin this week have been postponed to yet unannounced dates because of hurricane Gustav recovery issues.

We will post the new schedule when it is available.

Unofficial ABP Update (revised)

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Just in case anyone missed it, HB1135 was signed into law by the Governor on June 30 and becomes effective on August 15 of this year. It was designated Act 606. You can read the text at (scroll down the page and enter 1135 next to HB to search for the final version.)

The act contains most of the elements of the original bill, including the creation of the oversight and technical committees, but not the specified funding, based on 50% of the monies collected by the Department of Natural Resources in the Basin, up to $10M per year. Apparently, the funding will be voted upon as part of a constitutional amendment this fall. It will be interesting to see how this develops.

Also, the meetings calendar of the Atchafalaya Basin Program now shows a Research and Promotion Board Meeting on July 23 at 9:30 AM, and an Atchafalaya Basin Advisory Committee meeting on September 9 at 10 AM in the usual place at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on Quail Drive.

The Research and Promotion Board meeting will be in the LaSalle Room in the DNR building at 617 North Third Street in Baton Rouge. It is an open meeting and a newspaper announcement should appear soon.

In addition, there are apparently plans in the works for several public hearings around the Basin this fall to solicit input for projects. This is in accordance with Act 606. They should also be advertised in the papers.

As for the rumor that there is a new Director of the Atchafalaya Basin Program, that seems to be just a rumor. Dave Fruge has apparently moved into Coastal Restoration and inquiries are again being directed to Robert Benoit, the Assistant Director. As far as i know, no plans have been announced for a permanent Director.