Teche-Vermilion Pump Station
— Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail —
The Flood Control Act of 1966 authorized the Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water Project, which provided funding for the construction of the system that now transfers water from the Atchafalaya River into Bayou Teche and the Vermilion River.
Efforts to control water in Louisiana have always been affected by the extreme natural and weather-related events that occur here. Additionally, solutions to one problem often create another, as is the case of the Atchafalaya River and the West Atchafalaya Basin Levee.
The West Atchafalaya Basin Levee was constructed between 1920 and 1940 to protect agricultural, industrial and residential lands on the Basin’s western side. But it also blocked periodic high water from the Atchafalaya River that previously flowed through bayous and canals into Bayou Teche and the Vermilion River. After the levee was built, the water in both rivers fell to very low levels multiple times, causing saltwater to flow in from the Gulf of Mexico. This made Bayou Teche and the Vermilion River unsuitable for irrigation. Excessive water use and pumping by agricultural entities created further problems.
Without the Teche Vermilion Pumping
Every effort to control water has separate and sometimes unintended consequences. This project restores the historical connection between the Atchafalaya River and Bayou Courtableau, providing improved habitats, recreational opportunities and a better quality of life for residents along the Teche and Vermilion rivers.
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This site’s geology/geomorphology: Holocene natural levee deposits of Atchafalaya River
Erected by State of Louisiana and National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 30° 34.053′ N, 91° 45.669′ W. Marker is in Krotz Springs, Louisiana, in St. Landry Parish. Marker is on State Highway 105 1˝ miles north of Ronald Reagan Highway (U.S. 190), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7644 Highway 105 North, Krotz Springs LA 70750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles
More about this marker. This trail kiosk is only accessible when the site gates are open.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 17, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 17, 2018.