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Texas Boater Education Course Planned for River
Posted on May 2nd, 2016 Comments (0)
The FOR San Bernard Environmental Committee is hosting a boating safety course and no fault boat inspection –– the first program of the 2016 series of environmental subjects held at the FOR Community Center.
USCG Auxiliary Boat Safety Course and No Fault Safety Inspection of Boats​
  • Sat May 28, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
  • FOR San Bernard Community Center
  • Pre-registration required for classes only 
  • Contact: Ken Wright 979.236.3582 or email
 Did you know that It’s the law that a person who is at least 13 years of age or is born on or after September 1, 1993 may operate WITHOUT SUPERVISION ONLY if he or she has PASSED a Texas Boater Education Course. This includes the following vessels - a powerboat powered by a motor of more than 15 horsepower, a personal watercraft (jet ski) or a windblown vessel over 14 feet in length.
Kids are welcome. The test is designed for adults, but middle school and high school kids do fine. Younger kids could come with a parent and just sit in, and decide at the end of the day whether they want to try the test. The Texas Boater Education Course is mandatory for boaters age 13-17, in order to operate any watercraft without being accompanied on board by someone at least 18 years of age.  Boaters under the age of 13 may operate a craft, but must always be accompanied by a person at least 18 years of age. 
Class fee is $25 payable to U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and $15 for each additional family member. The Texas Safe Boating card$10 payable to Texas Parks & Wildlife for those passing the USCG Aux test at the end of class. Lunch is free, donated by Friends of the River San Bernard. 
An on-site boat safety inspection is also planned on the same day. You do not have to take the boating safety class to have your boat inspected. Folks can trailer in their boats or come by water to the FOR Community Center dock for a no-cost, no-fault safety inspection. There is no fine or penalty for not passing, the boat owner gets a checklist of what needs to be corrected, and the USCG AUX will then arrange to complete the inspection at a later date. 
Registration is required for classroom participation only. 
In Celebration of Arbor Day
Posted on Apr 29th, 2016 Comments (0)
In celebration of today, Friday April 29th being National Arbor Day*, here is a photo of trees standing in the still flooded San Bernard River a half mile north of FM 1301, west of West Columbia. The photo was taken by Tom Ronayne riding his faithful Waverunner.
*J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day in 1875 with a simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting. This was in the then treeless state of Nebraska.
Mouth Stays Shut to Flood Water
Posted on Apr 26th, 2016 Comments (0)
So close, yet so far! Despite the power of recent flood water pushing down the San Bernard, the mouth remains closed. The water stopped at the yellow line indicated in the photo several feet from the Gulf. Hopefully, there will be good news in a few months about it being reopened.
Read “BP Consent Decree Finalized: Where it Leaves Gulf Restoration Six Years After the Spill” ($1.0 billion to Texas, the smallest amount to be received by any of the Gulf states).
Photo: Bert Smith, Rio Vista, Monday April 25, 2016
Past Web Articles
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