Sand Banks of the Atchafalaya Basin
Why is sand needed to restore the coast spent filling the Atchafalaya Basin floodway?
Two weeks ago, GRN went out with Jody Meche of Crawfish Producers West to see how the crawfish-producing lakes of the Atchafalaya Basin have become hills. Instead of muddy bayous, thick with trees, grit and sand chewed our prop in the shallow waters of Bayou Bristow and Bayou Brown, in the Bayou DesGlaises management area. In some places, feet of sand have filled in the basin relatively quickly. Crawfish traps lie buried under feet of new fill.
Cypress Grove of Bayou Bristow (note: boat)
Filled Cypress Grove of Tin Can Lake, east of Billy Little's Lake (note: walkable)