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bayou

(bī`ō, bī`o͞o) [Louisiana Fr.; from Choctaw bayuk=small stream], term used mainly in U.S. Gulf states, especially Louisiana and Mississippi, to describe a stationary or sluggishly moving body of water that was once part of a lake, river, or gulf and is swampy or marshy in nature. Bayou is sometimes used as a synonym for oxbow lake, a former meander in a river valley cut off from that stream.

bayou

[′bī‚yü]
(hydrology)
A small, sluggish secondary stream or lake that exists often in an abandoned channel or a river delta.
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The bayou was once a main channel of the Mississippi River (its name means "fork" in French), but it was dammed off in 1904, after area residents complained of the great increase in annual flooding; the entire river to the north had been enclosed with levees to prevent upstream flooding and almost 2,300 miles of riverwater were coursing into the bayou.
Then two devastating hurricanes--Gustav and Ike--slammed directly into the bayou in the summer of 2008, doing even more damage to the area than the two "girls gone wild" (according to a T-shirt sold in New Orleans' French Quarter), Katrina and Rita, did in 2005.
Enter the Emergency Bayou Lafourche Capacity Restoration Project.
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Bayou Steel invites you to visit its web site at www.
Bayou Steel Corporation manufactures light structural and merchant bar products in LaPlace, Louisiana and Harriman, Tennessee.
Jerry Pitts, the chief executive officer of Bayou Steel said, "Since the company emerged from bankruptcy in February 2004, it has enjoyed very favorable steel market conditions.
The conference call will also be available on the Internet through Bayou Steel's web site at www.
Bayou Steel Corporation manufacturers light structural and merchant bar products in LaPlace, Louisiana and Harriman, Tennessee.