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Seen on the River: MV Ken “Wewa” Strickland
Posted on Sep 27th, 2016 Comments (0)
Seen pushing a barge upriver to the Phillips 66 terminal is the MV Ken ‘Wewa” Strickland. She/he measures 66 by 30 feet and was built by A&B Industries of Morgan City Inc. The MV Strickland is outfitted with twin Cummins QSK19-M engines from Cummins Mid-South that combine for 1,350 hp. The four-blade stainless-steel Kahlenberg propellers have a 66-inch diameter and a 54-inch pitch.
Here’s where it gets confusing…the boat is named after the captain of the MV Jack Haskell, Capt. Jarrott “Wewa” Strickland. The MV Jack Haskell is named after Blessey Marine vice president of logistics Jack Haskell. Maybe someone can tell us who’s the captain of the MV Ken ‘Wewa” Strickland.
Here’s a story about Cap’n Strickland but remember, he’s on the MV Jack Haskell.
Time to rock-a-hula baby!
Posted on Sep 24th, 2016 Comments (0)
"It’s time to rock-a-hula baby," as The King would say, at the Escape to the Tropics Blue Hawaii Fundraiser on Sat Oct 1, 2016. Join Friends of the River San Bernard and legendary Elvis Presley impersonator Billy Wayde as he revisits his 1961 movie “Blue Hawaii”. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. at the FOR Community Center, 20450 CR 510-B.
Upon your arrival, you will receive a welcoming lei and a complimentary “Blue Hawaiian” cocktail while you meet-and-greet Elvis. An island-style dinner will be served under a huge party tent next to the San Bernard. A live auction, gun raffle and door prizes follow.
Early Bird tickets are $20 each. Price at the door is $25. Get your tickets while they last, limited number sold.
Escape to the Tropics is the only fundraiser Friends of the River San Bernard holds annually. Monies raised are used to fund FOR projects such as the September river cleanup, public education programs, River Ranger program for fifth graders, FOR scholarship program, boat parades, Adopt a Highway and reopening the mouth.
  • Sat Oct 1, 2016
  • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • FOR Community Center (map and directions)
  • Ticket Information call 979.798.1569 or 832.866.3185 
Thank You 2016 Sponsors
Posted on Sep 23rd, 2016 Comments (0)
Friends of the River (FOR) San Bernard,
would like to thank the Escape to the Tropics
Blue Hawaii Sponsors for their contribution 
and support of our organization's programs
that benefit one of the greatest little rivers
in Texas.
Phillips 66  Sweeny Complex
The Dow Chemical Company
Btel Communications
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Freeport LNG
Olin Corporation
SouthStar Bank
BASF Corporation
Blessey Marine Services, Inc.
Brazos Fasteners, Inc.
Kirk & Cathy Wardlaw
Bishop Rayford B. High, Jr.
Congressman Randy Weber
Lackey Electric & Refrigeration, LLC
Lake Hardware & Lumber
MSR Houston Karting
Timothy & Jane Carolus
Vicki Melass, Allstate Agency
A River Friend
Barlett Motor Company
Clyde Cone Realtors
David Linder, County Commissioner Pct. 4
Debby & Kyle
Dick & Barbara Robie
Dude Payne, County Commissioner Pct. 1
First National Bank of Lake Jackson
Freddie Brown
Goolsby Properties
James Brawner, Candidate Pct. 4 Constable
Judge Matt Sebesta
Marilyn Shockley - Century 21
Stacy Adams, County Commissioner Pct. 3
Stacy Stanley
Sheriff Charles Wagner
River Cleanup Photo in Brazoria County News
Posted on Sep 21st, 2016 Comments (0)
Thursday, September 5, 2016 - front page
Be sure and read the article about the Friends of the River fundraiser on page 3 and the fundraiser ad on page 10 of this week's 22Sep16 BRAZORIA COUNTY NEWS.
September Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on Sep 21st, 2016 Comments (0)
Note: Four San Bernardites, Cathy MacDonald, Bob Bailey, Tom Ronayne and Laura Muskopf are in training to become Stream Team citizen scientist monitors on the river.  See article below "Stream Team Training Session".
Valroy Mauldin, FOR Director and citizen scientist monitor takes water samples each month midway between the FM 521 bridge and the FM 2611 bridge for the Texas Stream Team program. The test reports the pH level, temperature, dissolved oxygen, and other indicators of water quality in the San Bernard.
Monitors in the tidal water (bodies of water that are subject to the ebb and flow of ordinary tides below the salt water dam) of the river are now asked to report both conductivity (measured with an electronic meter in micro siemens per centimeter or milli siemens per centimeter)  and salinity measured with a hydrometer and temperature using a table and reported as parts per thousand (ppt)
September Field Observation Note: Flow appears to be downstream
Annual Meeting Held
Posted on Sep 18th, 2016 Comments (0)
Photos Tom Folger
Friends of the River San Bernard 2016-17 Board of Directors: l. to r. Valroy Maudlin, Bob Bailey, Kirk Wardlaw, George Harris, Fred Kanter, Brett McManus, Elena Berger, Gary Kersh, Vicki Head, Tom Ronayne, Linda Wright and Mike Goodson. Not pictured is Vanessa Taylor and Marie Breakiron.
President Mike Goodson welcomes everyone to the FOR annual meeting while a sailfish seemingly leaps over his head.
FOR’s annual meeting and election of Directors took place on Sat Sep 17 at Dido’s Restaurant. Approximately 50 friends attended including board members, invited guests and speakers Brazoria County Pct. 4 Commissioner David Linder, Dannenbaum Engineering Project Mgr. Christopher Sallese and Brazoria County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force officer Sgt. James Brawner.
The meeting elected returning members to the Board of Directors Bob Bailey and Fred Kanter and elected new directors George Harris and Brett McManus.
Commissioner David Linder “In Austin, at every meeting with officials, they knew about Friends of the River. We (county) are not going to give up (on getting the mouth open). Once it's open we are going to keep it open…Phase 3 of road improvements include county roads 360, 809, 332, 860, 359, 321, and 803.”  
Christopher Sallese, Dannenbaum Engineering
"In response for the RESTORE (Bucket 1) funds of $56 million there have been 217 project applications received totaling $1.4 billion...I was told by the Corps of Engineers that a lot of good comments have been received from Friends of the River (concerning dredging the mouth open)."
Sgt. James Brawner, Brazoria County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force "The crime rate in this area is at a 35 year low but if you see something that doesn’t look right, call the Sheriff’s office (979-864-2392). The Narcotics Division will investigate anything.” 
Stream Team Training Session
Posted on Sep 17th, 2016 Comments (0)
Photo Linda Wright
It was hands-on training inside the FOR Community Center during the morning session.
Preceding the H-GAC training was an excellent presentation by Sarah Gossett, Water Quality Volunteer Coordinator, Galveston Bay Foundation. Sarah shared Galveston Bay Foundation’s sampling and analysis protocol for enterococcus bacteria. >>>  
Photo Tim Logan
Will Merrill, H-GAC instructor
Sarah Gossett, Galveston Bay Foundation
Caylee Harris and Cathy Mac Donald and all the volunteers, received test kits that measure physical and chemical parameters of water.
During the afternoon session, monitoring procedures were conducted by the volunteers on the FOR boat dock next to the river.
Houston Galveston Area Council hosted Phase I and Phase II Water Monitor Training at the FOR Community Center, Fri Sep 16th, for attendees considering Texas Stream Team certification. The 20 who attended included a PhD student from The University of Houston at Clear Lake, Houston Parks and Recreation representatives, Houston area Master Naturalists, and Houston area and San Bernard River enthusiasts who wish to contribute to healthy waterways. Will Merrill and Rachel Fields of H-GAC provided the training while sampling experts Pete and Peggy Romfh demonstrated tricks of the trade.
Thanks to FOR Director and Stream Team citizen scientist Valroy Maudlin for coordinating this event.
September Meeting Reports
Posted on Sep 7th, 2016 Comments (0)
These reports are a way to let the public know what FOR’s been up to. It’s also a way that someone can determine if there is any way they’d like to get involved in things. Please contact FOR if you are interested. Select Volunteer on the CONTACT US drop-down list.
  • Sep 3, Breakfast on the Bernard, Dido’s Restaurant
Thirty-one people attended Breakfast on the Bernard including Pct. 4 Commissioner David Linder. Announcements about upcoming FOR events were made including the annual River Cleanup on Sat Sep 10, Stream Team Class on Fri Sep 16, FOR Annual Meeting on Sat Sep 17, Escape to the Tropics Blue Hawaii Fundraiser on Sat Oct 1, and introduction of new Chairman of Environmental Committee Tim Logan. President Mike Goodson encouraged everyone to email a letter of support regarding the USACE Public Notice to dredge open the mouth.
  • Sep 6, Clean Rivers Initiative Workshop, H-GAC Houston
Director Tom Ronayne attended the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) workshop “Back To Basics on Water Quality” presented to give a better understanding about the Clean Rivers Program. The 25 year history and successes of H-GAC's Clean Waters Initiative were presented along with an overview of their data collection and quality assurance processes.  The CWI Stream Team training that will be hosted by FOR this Friday was plugged.
  • Sep 8, Brazoria Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Dinner, Brazoria
Representing Friends of the River San Bernard at the annual Brazoria Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Dinner held in the Brazoria Old School Gymnasium was President Mike and Suzanne Goodson, Director Vicki and Wayne Head, Director Tom and Ange Ronayne and Environmental Committee Chairman Tim and Jane Logan. FOR sponsored the table for eight at the event.
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
To view past web articles, click on "View Archives" on the right  >>>>>>


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