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Show Your Support to Open the Mouth
Posted on Aug 27th, 2016 Comments (0)
 
Show your support to open the mouth of the San Bernard River by emailing your comments regarding the USACE project to restore the mouth of the San Bernard River to the original channel as restored by the Corps in 2009. Read entire USACE Public Notice.
 
Comments should include your name, address, phone number and the Department of the Army permit number Public Notice SWG-2015-00603.
 
Send your email to: swg_public_notice@usace.army.mil
 
 All comments pertaining to this public notice must reach this office on or before 16 September 2016.
 
Following is FOR's official position concerning the USACE project. Feel free to copy and use all of it or use it to guide your own thoughts. Just do it...
 
Friends of the River (FOR) San Bernard, a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to preserve and protect the San Bernard River, enthusiastically supports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to restore the mouth of the San Bernard to its historic location as described in USACE permit SWG-2015-00603.  In addition to the marsh restoration benefits described in the public notice, the project will have following positive impacts on the environment and economy of the area.
 
1. Restore fresh water and salt water exchange at the mouth of the river, allowing plant and bird habitat as well as migration of marine life between estuaries and the Gulf to return to their natural states.
 
2. Restore tidal flushing of the river.  Bacteria sampling on the lower Bernard indicates that bacteria levels increase during extended periods of dry weather.  Watershed Protection Plans developed for the San Bernard, Cedar Bayou and Bastrop Bayou have modeled and documented the benefits of tidal flushing for removal of bacteria and other contaminants and for increasing dissolved oxygen levels.
 
3. Reduce dangerous currents in the Intracoastal Waterway from storm runoff and tidal exchanges that previously flowed through the mouth of the river.
 
4. Restore navigable access to the Gulf, providing the following benefits:
  • Allow the return of commercial fishing and catch processing that moved away when the mouth silted in.
  • Restore recreational fishing to previous levels, along with the commercial activity to support it.
  • Provide Gulf access for environmental and other projects.  (When access to the Gulf was lost, TCEQ abandoned plans and sold a two acre riverside property it intended to use for storage of artificial reef materials.)
Friends of the River San Bernard requests approval of the project to open the mouth of the San Bernard River and provide subsequent dredging required to maintain a stable, navigable channel.  We believe the project meets all of the selection criteria for funding under the RESTORE Act.
 
 
Lone Paddleboarder
Posted on Aug 22nd, 2016 Comments (0)
Photo Tom Folger, folgerstudios.com
A lone paddleboarder enjoys the tranquility of an early morning sunrise on the San Benard.
 
 
August Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on Aug 18th, 2016 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. 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)
 
August Field Observation Note: Flow appears upstream slowly. Could be I am seeing wind.
 
 
Gardening Program Held at Community Center
Posted on Aug 18th, 2016 Comments (0)
Brazoria County Master Gardeners provided two well-prepared and informative presentations on gardening and composting at the FOR Community Center on Sat Aug 13th. This was the fourth and last public education program planned this year by the FOR Environmental Committee
 
Thanks to John Flickinger who acted as MC and set up projection equipment and visual aids, including complementary plants and compost samples. He also drew for a door prize which was a nice touch.  Ruth and August Aimone presented gardening and Ellen Pedisich presented composting. Both talks prompted several good questions. Approximately 24 attended with an even distribution of Master Gardeners, FOR members, and visitors.
 
~Tim Logan, Chairman
FOR Environmental Committee
 
"Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes."  
~Author Unknown
 
 
Aggie Catches Redfish
Posted on Aug 17th, 2016 Comments (0)
Photo Bob Bailey
Texas A&M Senior Michael, grandson of FOR Director/Treasurer Bob Bailey (and wife Susan) proved that, even though an Aggie, he doesn’t believe that megabytes means a great day of fishing. He actually caught this keeper 25-inch redfish off the Bailey’s dock located between the FM 521 bridge and the FM 2611 Churchill bridge on Sat Aug 13th. Gig ‘em!
 
Note: Did you know there actually is an Aggie Anglers Texas A&M Fishing Team
 
 
Board of Director Nominess Announced
Posted on Aug 16th, 2016 Comments (0)
 
The FOR San Bernard Board of Directors is comprised of fifteen persons. A board member serves for three years. Each year, five positions on the board rotate off and their positions are up for public vote. This year’s election at the FOR Annual Meeting on Sat Sep 17th, 4:00 pm, Dido's Restaurant, will fill five vacating positions on the Board.
 
Board candidates do not have to live on the river to be considered for election. Candidates for election must, however, be interviewed and qualified by the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is made up of the retiring members of the Board and whomever the board may appoint to serve on the Nominating Committee. Nominees are required to fill out a Board Nominee Questionnaire.
 
Each candidate will be given two minutes at the public meeting to introduce themselves and their goals to the public prior to voting. The order of names on the written ballot will be by random drawing.
 
Nominations will not be taken from the floor at the meeting, and write-in candidates will not be counted. Those persons obtaining the most votes will become board members.
 
Fred Kanter
Bob Bailey
Nominees for
Re-Election
 
<< These two directors are seeking re-election for another three year term.
Nominees
for new Directors
Rochelle Hicks
 
Rochelle owns Custom T-shirts in Brazoria. She would like to see a focus on the history of the San Bernard for tourism purposes. She thinks safety and environmental concerns are issues to be addressed on the river.
 
 
Brett Mc Manus
 
Brett is the owner/manager of Regal Storage in Lake Jackson. He owns property and lives on the San Bernard and would like to see the mouth reopened in the next three years. He feels the silt buildup on and around the river needs to be addressed.
 
 
George Harris
 
Nominee George is a consultant Compounding Pharmacist and lives on the San Bernard. He is interested in getting the mouth open.
 
 
 
 
Water Monitor Training Class
Posted on Aug 10th, 2016 Comments (0)
 
It's an opportunity to be trained to collect water quality data from the San Bernard, as well as other local locations, as part of a statewide network of dedicated volunteers.

<< Register today - there's limited space.
 
 
 
Early Bird Tickets Now on Sale
Posted on Aug 8th, 2016 Comments (0)
 
Get your tickets now and save $5 a ticket!
Whether you’re a huge Elvis fan or simply enjoy having fun, you will want to “Escape to the Tropics–Blue Hawaii” and meet The King himself at the FOR San Bernard fundraiser event. Buy your Early Bird tickets now and save $5 a ticket. The event happens at 6 pm, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Limited number of tickets will be sold.
 
To order tickets, print and fill-out the Event Ticket Order Form and send along with your check to FOR Event Tickets, P.O. Box 93, Brazoria, Tx 77422. You will receive a response to your ticket request that tickets have been reserved for you at the door.
 
Early Bird Tickets - $ 20 each, includes meal
(at the door tickets - $25)
 
 
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
 
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