Buffalo Cove Water Management Unit, Atchafalaya Basin, LA: A Case Study

by Tonja L. Koob,
Nancy Powell,
Larry M. Hartzog,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Wetlands Engineering & River Restoration 2001


The Atchafalaya Basin is a system undergoing change in topography and subsequently, hydraulics and hydrology. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funded and constructed an initial small-scale prototype model test in the Bayou Eugene area of the Buffalo Cove Water Management Unit in 1995 to determine if circulation and water quality could be improved using very unobtrusive construction techniques. The prototype model test involved improving water movement into the backswamp by clearing and snagging incoming water distribution routes, and constructing small bank cuts to allow sediment-free water to enter the backswamp from outside sources. The monitoring plan for the Bayou Eugene Prototype Model Test consisted of hydrologic, sedimentation, water quality, and habitat measurements. Initial sedimentation, hydrologic, and water quality data were taken along with minimal land and water elevation surveys to document pre and -post constructions for the prototype model test.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Water quality | Water management | Basins | Hydrologic models | Water circulation | Quality control | Sediment | Louisiana | United States

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