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Letter of Support Deadline - June 30, 2017, 5 pm
Posted on Jun 26th, 2017 Comments (0)
 
Letter of support to reopen mouth sent to TCEQ and written by San Bernard River resident and former Commissioner for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
 
DEAR COMMISSIONERS,
 
I WOULD LIKE TO ADD MY VOICE TO THE MANY WHO HAVE WRITTEN IN SUPPORT OF APPLYING BP COASTAL IMPROVEMENT FUNDS TO REOPENING THE MOUTH OF THE SAN BERNARD RIVER.  WHILE I KNOW THERE ARE MANY LAUDABLE PROJECTS BEING CONSIDERED, THERE NOT MANY THAT QUALIFY IN THE SAME WAY AS OUR RIVER.  THE DISRUPTION OF THE FLOW OF THE RIVER IS CLEARLY A RESULT OF SEVERAL POORLY THOUGHT-OUT FEDERAL ACTIONS.  PRINCIPALLY THE BRAZOS RIVER DIVERSION CHANNEL WHICH FUNNELS SILT INTO THE MOUTH OF OUR RIVER.
 
AS A FORMER COMMISSIONER TO THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION UNDER PRESIDENTS REAGAN, BUSH AND CLINTON, I WAS TASKED WITH THE DAILY RESPONSIBILITY OF EVALUATING AND BALANCING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF PIPELINES, HYDROELECTRIC AND ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION PROJECTS ON DELICATE AND VALUABLE NATURAL RESOURCES LIKE THE SAN BERNARD RIVER.  I CANNOT IMAGINE A MORE EGREGIOUS OUTCOME ON THE SENSITIVE ECOSYSTEMS, FISH, BIRDS, VEGETATION, AND THE LIKE.  MOREOVER, THE NEGATIVE COMMERCIAL IMPLICATIONS ON FLOODING ISSUES, BARGE TRAFFIC, AND THE FISHING INDUSTRY THAT ONCE DOCKED AT THE RIVER'S END.  IF MY COMMISSION HAD PROMULGATED AN ORDER THAT WOULD HAVE HAD HALF THE DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THIS VALUABLE RESOURCE. WE WOULD (AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN) OVERTURNED IN AN INSTANT BY THE DC CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS.
 
THE GOOD NEWS WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RIGHT A WRONG THAT HAS PERSISTED FOR A VERY LONG TIME.  THIS TIME WE CAN FIX THE PROBLEM PERMANENTLY WITHOUT COSTING THE TAXPAYER ANYTHING.  AS A USER OF THE RIVER FOR MANY YEARS AND A HOMEOWNER ON THE RIVER SINCE 2004, I HAVE SEEN A PERSISTENT DEGRADATION OF ITS WATER CONDITION.  I ALSO SAW BRIEFLY WHAT A DIFFERENCE THE NATURAL FREE FLOW OF THE RIVER HAD ON ITS ABILITY TO COME BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL CONDITION.  I URGE YOU TO SEIZE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN THIS HISTORIC LITTLE RIVER TO ITS NATURAL STATE.
 
SINCERELY,
 
JERRY J. LANGDON
 
The mouth needs your voice!
 
 

The proposed project is to open the mouth of the San Bernard River via dredging the current silted in channel to a width and depth that will enhance river flow.
 
Here is your opportunity to voice your opinion regarding the Mouth of the San Bernard River Restoration Project. A 45 day public input period is now available. 
 
After completion of the public input phase, submission to the U.S. Treasury for securing funds will be done. This is why our voice to open the mouth is important! https://www.restorethetexascoast.org
 
If you have not already read about the mouth project, click on this LINK, enlarge the map a few times by hitting the  + sign and click on the diamond icon that says “Mouth of the San Bernard River Restoration Project” located just south of Freeport. You will see the project description there.
 
Please comment on just reopening the mouth, not the other projects on the list for consideration to receive RESTORE funds
 
 
 
Restore the historical flow of the San Bernard River to the Gulf of Mexico by dredging the mouth of the San Bernard River that is currently silted in. Restoring the flow will benefit the threatened and endangered species habitat, essential fish habitat, as well as improve the overall environmental and economic health of the Texas coastal estuary system. 
 
 
Need help in writing - here's a sample letter.
 
Your name
Your Address
City, State, Zip
 
Date
 
I believe reopening the mouth of the San Bernard to the Gulf of Mexico would have major restoration benefits for the Texas coastal estuary system, including
 
1.    Fish habitat
2.    Coastal-dependent species of wildlife
3.    Bird species
4.    Brackish coastal marsh areas – nursery for shrimp, crab
5.    Coastal beach area, vegetation, dunes
 
It would also improve the
 
1.    Tidal water and mud flats
2.    Reduce flooding-related river conditions
3.    Barges dangerously navigating the ICW and Brozos flood gates due to unnatural currents
4.    Fish pass from Gulf to river
 
I understand reopening the mouth is just one of the many challenging issues facing the Texas Gulf Coast, however, one that can be solved.
 
Looking forward to having a great river made even better.
 
Sincerely,
Your Name
 
Copy (or compose your own version of the letter) and email to
Deadline: Written comments should be submitted electronically no later than 5:00 pm central time on Fri Jun 30, 2017 (extended due to MIP revisions).
 
 
Pavilion under construction at FOR Community Center
Posted on Jun 25th, 2017 Comments (0)
 
Photo Mike Goodson
Construction of a metal pavilion is underway at the FOR Community Center. The pavilion will be used for outdoor events.
 
When completed, a community-wide invitation will be issued to an open house in celebration of the structure.
 
Watch  for details on the website.
 
 
FOR Auction Item - Wine Cruise aboard Paddlewheeler
Posted on Jun 23rd, 2017 Comments (0)
Photos Linda Wright
It was good friends, good food, and good wine as a group of river enthusiasts boarded the YellowStone Paddlewheeler on Sunday June 11 to enjoy an auction item purchased at last year’s FOR 2016 “Escape to the Tropics: Blue Hawaii” fundraiser.
 
During the two hour river cruise aboard the paddlewheeler, everyone sniffed, swirled and sampled Robert Mondavi wine paired with light bites from Dido’s Restaurant. The auction item will be back by popular demand at the upcoming fundraiser auction.
 
Mark your calendar to attend on Sat Oct 7th, 6:00 pm, “Escape to the Tropics: Party in ParrotDise” (a Jimmy Buffet inspired party) at the FOR Community Center on the San Bernard.
 
June Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on Jun 22nd, 2017 Comments (0)
 
Citizen scientists, Valroy Mauldin, FOR Director and Tim Logan, FOR Evironmental Team Leader, take water samples each month for the Texas Stream Team program. The test reports the pH level, salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and a recently added bacterium enteroccocus test conducted through a partnership with Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF).
 
June Field Observation Note: Sample date 6-13-17
Rising tide, flow slowly upstream. Tides have been unusually high. Flow over saltwater dam about 3”
 
12th Annual Fourth of July Boat Parade
Posted on Jun 19th, 2017 Comments (1)
 
 
Last year's "Most patriotic" winner - Steve Hresko and crew
  • 12th Annual Fourth of July Boat Parade
  • Sat July 1st, 4:00 pm
  • Captain’s Mtg June 29, 7:00 pm
  • Register online - FREE no registration fee (login first to use online form) 
More information on Boat Parade page
 
 
Announcing Plans for Oct Fundraiser
Posted on Jun 15th, 2017 Comments (0)
Plans are underway so mark your calendar for the 4th annual Friends of the River Escape to the Tropics fundraiser.
  • Party in ParrotDise
  • Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
  • FOR Community Center Pavilion
  • 6:00 PM
  • Food, fun, live auction (read about the Progressive Dinner below), island music at a Jimmy Buffet inspired luau party
  • Early bird (parrot) tickets $20 on sale in a couple of weeks, $25 at the door
Stay tuned, details will follow!!!
 
 
FOR Auction Item - Progressive Dinner
Posted on Jun 14th, 2017 Comments (0)
 
Photos Tom Folger, www.folgerstudios.com
The first stop on the Progressive Dinner was hosted by Sherry and Tom Folger. Auction item buyers George and Trish Franklin, left, Carol McKinney, Dr. Millicent Valek and John May, and Jackie Brewer, enjoyed appetizers of Bucko’s Bernard ribs, bacon wrapped pineapple, potato crisps with goat cheese and olives, washed down with Mimosa Margaritas and pink lemonade.
 
A water taxi transports the guests to the different homes. This year’s boat was provided by Mike Goodson with crew Bob Breakiron.
Each year, at the October FOR fundraiser, a four-course Progressive Dinner auction item for six guests is sold. The movable feast is served at four different homes in succession along the river.
 
After stopping for appetizers (photo above), Progressive Dinner guests proceeded to the second stop at hosts Jane and John Wallace's home for soup and salad. There they dined on rich tomato based Gulf shrimp and corn soup, “Parrains” New Orleans cole slaw with creamy salted peanut dressing, accompanied by Jane’s special recipe homemade jalapeño cornbread.
 
Then, traveling a short distance downriver, the guests arrived at hosts Cathy and Kirk Wardlaw for the entrée. There they had a choice of reversed tri-tip steak or brined green egg chicken served with twice baked potatoes and Parmesan green beans. This was paired with Summer’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon or New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
 
As they traveled back upriver to hosts Suzanne and Mike Goodson’s home, the guests breathed deep, loosened their belts (if they were wearing one) and geared up for the last stop – dessert. The mouth-watering treats included original Lindy’s New York Cheesecake with strawberry glaze, Oreo Delight with chocolate pudding, Blue Bell Vanilla with fresh strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar Glaze, accompanied with coffee, wines and liquors.
 
Mark your calendar to attend the Saturday, October 7th fundraiser “Escape to the Tropics: Party in ParrotDise” at the FOR Community Center on the San Bernard.
 
 
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
 
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