Bonnet Carré Spillway

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WWL Newsroom
July 16, 2019 - 6:54 am
The toxic bacteria detected before Barry blew ashore in Louisiana has the beaches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast still closed. Polluted Midwest floodwaters have fed an outbreak of cyanobacterium. Commonly known as blue-green algae, it can cause rashes, diarrhea and vomiting. The algae has spread...
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Chris Miller
July 10, 2019 - 10:45 am
The National Weather Service is now predicting the Mississippi River to crest at 20 feet at the Carrollton gauge near Uptown New Orleans. This would put the river at the top of the levee in some areas, but still more than a foot below the recorded all-time high of 21.3 feet. Louisiana Governor John...
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Don Ames
July 04, 2019 - 9:51 pm
Alligator sightings near the Bonnabel Boat Launch in Metairie recently have a group of men calling themselves the Bonnabel Social Club on the watch. According to the group, alligator spottings around the area aren't anything new but are becoming much more frequent. They say a 3-and-a-half footer, a...
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Jim Hanzo
June 26, 2019 - 8:33 am
Since the Bonnet Carre Spillway opened for a second time this year in early May, there seems to be more alligator sightings. A Kenner woman recently found a 6 foot alligator under her car. One gator was found at a northshore school and a large alligator spotted in Lake Pontchartrain on the south...
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Chris Miller
June 24, 2019 - 12:15 pm
Blooming algae, depleted fisheries and fears of a dead zone - despite all of that, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is trying to stay optimistic as an unprecedented amount of fresh Mississippi River water continues getting dumped into the lake. Full of fertilizer-laden farm runoff, the...
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Chris Miller
June 21, 2019 - 2:43 pm
Hot weather and nutrient-rich Mississippi River water pouring into Lake Pontchartrain via the Bonnet Carré Spillway are the ingredients for algae to grow on the surface of the lake. Today, the Louisiana Department of Health issued an advisory for a potentially large algal bloom. "An algal bloom is...
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Chris Miller
June 18, 2019 - 9:36 am
After months of high water, some river gauges on the lower Mississippi are finally showing the water going down, it looks like at least a month before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can even consider closing the Bonnet Carre spillway. The corps narrowly avoided having to open the Morganza...
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Don Ames
June 08, 2019 - 1:27 pm
The governor of Mississippi wants the federal government to declare a fisheries disaster as water from the Bonnet Carre Spillway gushes into what's normally a saltwater estuary. The unprecedented second opening of the spillway last month also has an increasing number of Mississippi officials...
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Chris Miller
June 06, 2019 - 1:17 pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not open the Morganza Floodway this Sunday after all, and says it now does not have an expected opening date. Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves tweeted the news early this afternoon. Morganza Spillway update: As of today, the Corps has announced it will NOT...
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Chris Miller
May 10, 2019 - 11:12 am
The Army Corps of Engineers today announced they will open the Bonnet Carre spillway as early as 1 p.m. this afternoon. The corps said due to the heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours, it moved up its planned opening, which had originally been requested for Tuesday. It is an unprecedented second...
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