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Seen at the State of the River Meeting
Posted on Feb 20th, 2017 Comments (0)
FOR President Mike Goodson welcomed the eager crowd attending the “State of the River” meeting gathered on Dido’s Restaurant outside porch.
 
Phyllis Saathoff, Executive Director / CEO of Port Freeport  delivered the meeting’s presentation “State of the Port”
 
Congressman Randy Weber, 14th District of Texas, and wife Brenda, praised the news of reopening the mouth.
 
Photos Tom Folger folgerstudios.com
 
Reopening the Mouth Announced at Meeting
Posted on Feb 18th, 2017 Comments (0)
<< Brazoria County Commissioners Dude Payne and David Linder delivered some much anticipated good news at the "State of the River" meeting about reopening the mouth.
 
Commissioner Toby Baker serves as Governor Abbott's appointee to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. Read his 15Feb2017 letter to State Representative Dennis Bonnen announcing the list of projects for consideration to receive RESTORE funds. Note: Page 1 of the list is shown below. The complete list accompanies Commissioner Baker's letter.
 
 
 
One hundred and six attendees cheered as Commissioners Dude Payne and David Linder reported at the annual FOR "State of the River" meeting Sat Feb 18th that the project to open the mouth of the river has been included in the list of projects (see below) the state will submit to the U.S. Treasury for funding from monies coming from the Deepwater Horizon settlement. Commissioner Payne clarified that this is not a "short list" to be pared down further, but rather the complete list of projects the state intends to pursue with its $66M share of the state discretionary or "Pot 1" funds from the RESTORE Act. The $10.766M project to open the mouth is part of $27.5M allocated to three Brazoria County projects, one Matagorda County project, and one shared project.
 
The next two hurdles for opening the mouth are approval of the permit to dredge and final approval from the Treasury to fund it. The Treasury is still developing its process to formally apply for the funds, but a 45 day public comment period is opening soon. We'll let you know as soon as that period begins, and we ask everyone to please access the site using the link when available and lend your support to the project to open the mouth of the San Bernard. Final approval and start of dredging may still be a long way off, but it's looking better than ever that it's a matter of when and not if. Stay tuned for further information as it happens!
 
 
Update: Mouth of the River
Posted on Feb 15th, 2017 Comments (0)
 
Photo taken Sunday, Feb 12, 2017
Photo A.G. Bert Smith
 
Freeport, TX lays off to the east in a shroud of sea fog, while the San Bernard heads in a southerly direction before making a familiar turn to the west to meander as far as it can, trying to find a way out to the Gulf. Attend the Sat Feb 18, 4:00 pm, "State of the River" meeting at Dido's Restaurant and hear an update of (any) progress of reopening the mouth from County Commissioners. Open to the public!
 
 
Ranger Program at Barrows Elementary
Posted on Feb 9th, 2017 Comments (0)
Ranger instructor Ken Wright, assisted by Mike Goodson, shows the easy "pile hitch" to students during an active hands-on session of nautical knot tying.
 
On Feb 7th, the second FOR Ranger program of 2017 was presented to sixty-six students of Barrow Elementary teacher Katie Brown’s fifth grade science classes. Each student received a Ranger t-shirt and a packet of information about the San Bernard watershed. A  discussion of the watershed and its environmental concerns was given by Ranger instructor Adalia Maudlin. Instructor Mike Goodson discussed the different fish species found in the San Bernard, after which, the students enthusiastically told their “mostly true” fish stories.
 
Photos of the lucky winners of a rod and reel, whose names were drawn from each of the four classes, are shown below.
Corey Eliason 
Meagan Risinger
Alex Duncan
Bobby Hiser
 
2017 San Bernard Watershed Scholarship Opportunity
Posted on Jan 18th, 2017 Comments (0)
2017 graduating Seniors living in or attending a high school within the San Bernard watershed can apply for a Friends of the River San Bernard Watershed Scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate a direct connection between their career path and the betterment of the environment. FOR will be awarding six - $1,000 scholarships
 
Completed applications must be returned between February 1st and April 15th. 
 
If you have any questions, e-mail Fred KanterScholarship Committee Chairman, at Contact Us (select Scholarships on the drop down list) or phone 979.482.6429.
 
Scholarship applications were submitted to these 14 high schools: Bellville, Brazos, Sealy, Brazosport, Columbia, Sweeny, Columbus, Rice, Lamar Consolidated, Needville, Boling, East Bernard, El Campo and Wharton.>>>
 
 
The Scholarship Program is funded by FOR San Bernard through their annual fund raising event. Thank you for your continued support.
 
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
 
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