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…)

TNC Acquires 5,000 Acres in AB Floodway!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

On July 2, 2015, The Nature Conservancy announced the addition of 5,359 acres in the Atchafalaya River Basin to their preserve system! The acquisition in the Bayou Sorrel region “marks the first step in a long-term vision to conserve and restore America’s great swamp forest.” according to the press release.

The newly-acquired land, along with adjacent State Land parcels in the Pigeon Bay and Flat Lake [aka East Grand Lake] Water Management Units, as defined by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will enable easier implementation of features included in the Atchafalaya Basin Program East Grand Lake Project, which was approved in the FY2012 Annual Plan of the Basin Program.

The land is also part of a large area in the lower Floodway which has not been protected by easements being acquired by the USACE.

The Friends of the Atchafalaya support this effort and will continue to work with The Nature Conservancy to protect, conserve and restore the Atchafalaya Basin ecosystem.


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.