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Who You Gonna Call
Posted on Nov 22nd, 2014 Comments (0)
If there's somethin' strange happening in your neighborhood and you need to call someone, go to River Facts where a jillion contact numbers or websites are listed, including a new one for Phillips 66 - Midstream Operations Community Awareness (1-888-766-1000). Phillips 66 Midstream has work going on at the Clemens Terminal on the river and injection wells at CR 506 just west of the river.
Update: Reopening the Mouth
Posted on Nov 21st, 2014 Comments (0)
Dredge #32, that opened the river mouth to the Gulf on February 22, 2009, was seen a couple of weeks ago on Lake Calcasieu, LA by photographer Tom Folger who was chasing trout and redfish with fellow fishermen John Wallace and Nelson Taylor
By Chris Sallese, PMP
Special Projects Division
The project remains on schedule with the majority of our effort over the past few months focusing on modeling the complex system associated with  the mouth of the river, the GIWW, Jones Lake and Cedar Lake.
Completed to Date:
  • Gathered existing modeling data from TX Water Development Board and USACE
  • Hydraulic analysis of the river from 1954 to date 
  • Bathymetric analysis of the river mouth from 1934 to 2012
  • Sediment transfer analysis along the coast 
The team is continuing with our modeling efforts and should have a list of potential alternatives for consideration in Jan 2015 as scheduled. The proposed alternatives will then be evaluated and coordinated with all the regulatory agencies.
Permitting, survey, geotechnical analysis and design for the selected alternative will begin in Feb/Mar 2015.
Project has been entered into the NOAA website (tracking number: JOX4R9IM) (Editors's note: NOAA is one of the agencies involved in overseeing the funds received).
TCEQ and the Texas Restore Advisory Board uses the NOAA number to track the project for consideration of Federal Restore Council Funding.
November Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on Nov 19th, 2014 Comments (0)
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. Read Nov report. Learn more about the Texas Stream Team.
GIWW and the San Bernard
Posted on Nov 16th, 2014 Comments (0)
According to the November 2014 issue of WORKBOAT magazine, barge accidents at the Brazos River Floodgates are caused by its outdated design. Built in 1943, the 75 ‘ wide floodgates are too narrow and tows have to be broken down to make multiple trips across the river. Navigating the difficult angle between the East and West gates causes a number of strikes by the towboats and barges making the Brazos River Floodgates the leading hazard on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. A possible solution to improving the gates would be to widen another 25’ and move back about 1,200’.
Note: The following was contained in the 83rd Texas Legislative Report (2013) ”Gulf Intracoastal Waterway” page 5
“In February 2009, the mouth of the San Bernard River was restored to its original location by dredging over 340,000 cubic yards of sediment from the sand spit that had formed across the mouth. The blockage caused waters of the San Bernard River to travel eastward through the Brazos River Floodgates, creating hazardous currents that jeopardized commercial navigation. Significant reductions in the velocity of water through the Brazos River Floodgates were evident immediately after the dredge restored the river’s connection to the Gulf of Mexico. >>
Photo Courtesy: Tom Folger,
Another load of equipment (loop reactor) for the Chevron Phillips Chemical expansion at its Sweeny complex in Old Ocean, travels upriver on Saturday morning, Nov. 8. Recreational boaters should exercise extreme caution when operating near commercial traffic.    
While the mouth of the San Bernard River is still unstable, moving westward about 6 feet per day, it is anticipated that currents will remain low through the Brazos River Floodgates for another three to five years. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District and the Texas Department of Transportation will monitor the performance of the project and develop appropriate actions as they become necessary.”
Gator Seen on the River
Posted on Nov 15th, 2014 Comments (0)
Photo Courtesy: Tamara Ludwig

First it was snakes, now it’s alligators. A couple of weeks ago, this gator was spotted by Tamara Ludwig sauntering across CR 469 about five miles north of the intersection of the San Bernard River and Intracoastal Waterway. Could it have wandered over from the nearby San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge?
Texas Parks and Wildlife regulations say NO person may hunt an alligator in this state unless that person is in possession of a valid hunting license and alligators MAY NOT be hunted by means of firearms from, on, in, across, or over public water.
If you see an alligator in the roadway, DO NOT attempt to move it! If you are concerned for the safety of your children and for the safety of any neighborhood pets, contact the Brazoria County Sheriff's office  or Texas Parks and Wildlife and they can advise you how to get this resolved.
November Meeting Reports
Posted on Nov 13th, 2014 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.)
  • Nov 8, Adopt-a-Highway Trash Pick Up, FM 2611 at Churchill Bridge
A small group of volunteers joined Chairman Brian Jones in picking up twenty bags of litter along FM 2611 a mile before and a mile after the Churchill Bridge.​
  • Nov 13, Meeting with Phillips Midstream, San Bernard River
Eleven interested river residents including FOR Directors and Officers, attended an informal noon meeting with Jonathan Hynson, Project Integration Manager, Phillips 66 Midstream at Dido’s Restaurant. Hynson discussed the drilling of the five storage wells at the Clemens Terminal and the drilling of three additional injection brine wells on CR 506, if needed to optimize and compress the schedule. Well #3 located at CR 506 was moved back 300’ from the edge of the property to provide a buffer zone.
  • Nov 17, Riparian Buffer Workshop, H-GAC Houston Office
​FOR President Tom Ronayne  and Director Valroy Maudlin attended the two-hour workshop. Four speakers presented topics including the important functions of the natural vegetation adjacent to rivers and streams (the riparian zone), riparian zone preservation and restoration, erosion and sediment control, and federal programs providing technical and financial assistance to landowners wishing to protect or restore riparian zones on their property.
Rattlesnake Tips
Posted on Nov 11th, 2014 Comments (0)
Making a grand entryway statement at the front door, a rattlesnake curls up on the welcome mat.
Rattlesnakes act like “snowbirds” and seek warmer places now that there’s been a sudden shift from warm days to overnight cool days. That place could be a door facing the sun and a heat source from within the house.
Here are some rattlesnake "tips" supplied by river resident, Albert Smith, who normally supplies photos of the river mouth.
There are some things people can do when encountering a rattlesnake to minimize the danger. The biggest one is if you hear or see a rattlesnake, give it plenty of room. Slowly back away. Don’t try to scare it away. Unless it is provoked, it will eventually leave.
People often try to lift the rattlesnake with a stick to toss it away or to poke it. This will agitate the snake.
Additionally, wearing closed-toe shoes while hiking, keeping pets on leashes and keeping children close will minimize danger. Children should not climb over brush or rocks in areas where rattlesnakes live. (...or leave by the front door!)
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (0)
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