The following information was obtained from the book Bonnet Carre' Spillway: Operation
1937, p. 1.

· Begun in 1928. Finished in 1931.

· Can pass 250,000 cubic feet/second of water through its bays.

· 32.8 river miles north of New Orleans. Just north of Norco, LA.

· Spillway length= 5.7 miles from the river to Lake Ponchartrain

· Route of water travel= Mississippi River into Lake Ponchartrain into the Rigolets into
the Gulf.

· Structure is 7000 feet long, composed of 300 bays. Bays are filled with pine "needles"
that are lifted out by two cranes.

· Guide levees are roughly 19 feet high.

· Opened only nine times in its history: 1937, 1945, 1950, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1997
and 2008.

Click on these links to learn more about the Bonnet Carre' Spillway

1.)
http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/pao/bcarre/bcarre.htm

2.) http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/index.asp

3) http://www.tulane.edu/~mrbc/2001/MISSIS~1/BONNET~1.HTM
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