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.
The Flood Control Act of 1966 authorized the Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water Project, which provided funding to build the system that now transfers water from the Atchafalaya into these waterways. To control
Without the Teche Vermilion Pumping Station and conveyance canal, water in the Teche and Vermilion rivers would not be adequate for irrigation needs, and water quality would be severely degraded due to stagnation and saltwater intrusion.
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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 30° 34.053′ N, 91° 45.669′ W. Marker is in Krotz Springs, Louisiana, in Saint Landry Parish. Marker is on State Highway 105 1½ 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.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Bayou Fordoche (approx. 10.8 miles away); Atchafalaya Floodway (approx. 11½ miles away); Bayou Courtableau at Bayou Teche Headwaters (approx. 11.6 miles away); Former Site of Melancon's Cafe (approx. 15.4 miles away).
More about this marker. This trail kiosk is only accessible when the site gates are open.
Categories. • Environment • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 17, 2018.