Vermilion River (Louisiana)

Vermilion River
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Vermilion River in Abbeville.
Vermilion River in Abbeville.
Country |United States
State |Louisiana
Major city |Lafayette, LA
Length |72 mi (116 km)
Source |Confluence of bayous
 - locationSaint Landry Parish,LA,United States
MouthGulf Of Mexico
 - locationIntracoastal,Vermilion Parish,LA,United States
Vermilion River watershed


The Vermilion River (or The Bayou Vermilion) is a river, 72 mi (116 km) long, in southern Louisiana in the United States. It is formed on the common boundary of Lafayette and St. Martin Parishes by a confluence of small bayous flowing from St. Landry Parish, and flows generally southward through Lafayette and Vermilion Parishes, past the cities of Lafayette and Abbeville. At the port of Intracoastal City it is crossed by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway before flowing into Vermilion Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico. The river originates at Bayou Fusilier, which is fed by Bayou Teche, winds its way through Lafayette Parish, and drains into the Vermilion Bay below Vermilion Parish.

The river is a "consequent stream" or a "tidal river", which means that the Vermilion was formed from the bottom up. The river began life in Vermilion Bay. Tides and other natural actions in the bay slowly eroded away the marshes and other features of the landscape as the river crept northward. This process brought the channel that would one day become the Vermilion River as far north as Lafayette, Louisiana. Much later a distributary of Bayou Teche made its way south and eventually linked up with the consequent stream forming a true north-south flowing river. During times of heavy rain events, parts of the Vermilion will reverse itself and flow north. [1]

In its early stage of development, the only point in the city where water transportation could be secured was at the site of the Pinhook Bridge. Consequently, property owners and businesses located there. In later years, steamboats ran on the bayou. However, low water levels and submerged logs hampered their ability to travel.

The importance of the Vermilion as a means of transportation and commerce declined with the introduction of the railroad and the paving of all highways leading into Lafayette in 1936. The Army Corps of Engineers also had a significant impact on Bayou Vermilion. Dredging, completed in 1944, gave the bayou a depth of nine feet and a bottom width of 100 feet.

A pumping station was built on the Atchafalaya River near Krotz Springs with the capacity to pump up to 1,040 cubic feet of fresh water per second into Bayou Courtableu and eventually into the Vermilion River. The Teche-Vermilion Freshwater Project began in 1976 and was completed in 1982.

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City of Abbeville
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Country | United States
State | Louisiana
Parish | Vermilion

Area | 5.
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City of Lafayette
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St. Landry Parish (French: Paroisse de Saint-Landry) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Opelousas. In 2000, the population of the parish was 87,700. As of 2006, the population estimate is 91,528.
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Motto
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The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water in the world. It is an ocean basin largely surrounded by the North American continent and the island of Cuba. It is bounded on the northeast, north and northwest by the Gulf Coast of the United States, on the southwest and
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Intracoastal City has various port facilities and some permanent residents in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, 13 miles (21 km) south of Abbeville. It stands on the west bank of the Vermilion River at its junction with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
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Vermilion Parish (French: Paroisse de Vermilion) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Abbeville and as of 2000, the population was 53,807.

Geography

The parish has a total area of 3,984 km² (1,538 mi²).
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river is a natural waterway that transits water through a landscape from higher to lower elevations. It is an integral component of the water cycle. The water within a river is generally collected from precipitation through surface runoff, groundwater recharge (as seen at baseflow
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Lafayette Parish (French: Paroisse de Lafayette) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Lafayette. In 2006, its population was estimated to be 203,091.

Geography

The parish has a total area of 700 km² (270 mi²).
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St. Martin Parish (French: Paroisse de Saint-Martin) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is St. Martinville and as of the 2000 census, the population is 48,583.
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bayou (pronounced [ˈbaɪ oʊ] or [ˈbaɪ uː]) is a small, slow-moving stream or creek, or a lake or pool (bayou lake
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St. Landry Parish (French: Paroisse de Saint-Landry) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Opelousas. In 2000, the population of the parish was 87,700. As of 2006, the population estimate is 91,528.
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Vermilion Parish (French: Paroisse de Vermilion) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Abbeville and as of 2000, the population was 53,807.

Geography

The parish has a total area of 3,984 km² (1,538 mi²).
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City of Lafayette
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City of Abbeville
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Country | United States
State | Louisiana
Parish | Vermilion

Area | 5.
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Intracoastal City has various port facilities and some permanent residents in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, 13 miles (21 km) south of Abbeville. It stands on the west bank of the Vermilion River at its junction with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
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Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is the portion of the Intracoastal Waterway located along the Gulf Coast of the United States. It is a navigable inland waterway running approximately 1700 kilometers (1050 mi) from Carrabelle, Florida, to Brownsville, Texas.
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The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water in the world. It is an ocean basin largely surrounded by the North American continent and the island of Cuba. It is bounded on the northeast, north and northwest by the Gulf Coast of the United States, on the southwest and
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Bayou Teche is a 125-mile long waterway of great cultural significance in south central Louisiana. Bayou Teche was the Mississippi River's main course when it developed a delta about, 2,800 to 4,500 years ago.
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