Smith Bayou gate valve opened to accommodate New River Dredging

According to Ascension Parish drainage officials, as of 11:00 AM January 5th, 2022, a gate valve at Smith Bayou Weir is open. The Valves’ purpose is to draw New River water levels down within the Dredging project limits of the City of Gonzales, Geismar, and parts of Dutchtown. A second valve will be opening later this evening.

The Drainage Department wants citizens to know that this is in affiliation with the New River Dredging Project, and low water levels may be present throughout this work. Residents should contact the Ascension Parish customer service center at (225-450-1200, for any questions and concerns.