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Update Scheduled on Hanson Riverside Co Park Boat Ramp
Posted on Jan 27th, 2015 Comments (0)
Hanson Riverside County Park
Breakfast on the Bernard 
Sat Feb 7, 2015 / 8:30 - 10:00 am / Dido’s Restaurant
 
Hear David Linder, Brazoria County Commissioner, Precinct 4 and Jason McCafferty, Superintendent Brazoria County Road & Bridge, discuss pending construction of the much needed public boat ramp on the San Bernard River at Hanson Riverside County Park, off of Hwy 35 between West Columbia and Sweeny. Hosted by Friends of the River San Bernard. The coffee’s hot and so’s the conversation. Breakfast $8, kids under ten eat free. Everyone's invited!
 
 
Ranger Program Held at Barrow Elementary
Posted on Jan 25th, 2015 Comments (0)
 
The four winners of the fishing rod and reels at Barrow Elementary School in Brazoria.      More photos
Gustavo Galinao
 
Gerardo Sanchez
 
Kayana Alexander
 
Sawyer Harknader
 
Friends of the River (FOR) San Bernard presented their River Ranger program to seventy-four fifth grade students in teacher Katie Brooker's science classes at Barrow Elementary in Brazoria on Jan. 22, 2015. The Ranger program is designed to raise student awareness about the San Bernard River watershed and its environmental concerns
 
Brochures were distributed that explore the river from its head waters to its mouth. Chairman Adalia Maudlin described the different points-of-interest along the way. Mike Goodson lead the discussion of the types of fish found in the San Bernard River with “mostly-true” fish stories added by the students. Last was an active, hands-on, marine knot-tying session where Ken Wright demonstrated the proper knots used in boating. Ranger t-shirts were given to each student and fishing rods were awarded to four lucky students whose names were drawn by teacher Katie Brooker.
 
Lost and Found
Posted on Jan 24th, 2015 Comments (0)
 
Be on the lookout for these items that floated away during last Thursday's Jan 22 flood on the river...
  • HAVE THEY BEEN FOUND? Pair of three-year-old red jet skis floated off Randy (979.292.9218) and Judy (979.549.5649) Hester's dock on the river. Give 'em a call if you see them beached somewhere.
  • HAS IT BEEN CLAIMED? Swim platform with ladder lodged itself on Bill Long's dock upstream of Hwy 521. Contact Bill Long through his Facebook page
  • HAPPY ENDING! The bad news - Jim Heiser's white dual-cockpit Seaswirl Striper boat and Black 115 HP Johnson outboard engine, floated off his dock on Thursday. The good news - it made it to the next dock down the river a ways and a kind neighbor Leo Davis winched it off the top of his dock and tied it off. It's now back in Jim's care.
  • STOP LOOKIN' - Ricky Leach, 1/2 mile down on the West Columbia side, had pulled it onto his grassy bank waiting for the owners to get home. 1993ish Yamaha Waverunner, yellow and red over white floated off dock above FM 522 bridge (Black's Ferry Bridge).
  • AHHH NUTS! Found on my dock, lots of pecans from upriver. Free to anyone. 
 
January Meeting Reports
Posted on Jan 22nd, 2015 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.)
  • Jan 20, Phillips 66 Barge Guideline Meeting, Old Ocean
Friend of the river Arlene Primeau, Secretary Marie Breakiron, Director Fred Kanter and President Tom Ronayne met with Phillips 66 refinery reps Doug Bailey, Terminals Trainer, Tom Sheppard, Terminals Supervisor, Regina Slaydon, Public Relations Specialist, and Cindy Wyman-Jordy, Environmental Director. The Phillips 66 “San Bernard River Guidline” was reviewed and discussion was held on ways to address situations with the highest potential for incidents between barges and recreational users of the river. Actions for both Phillips 66 and FOR were proposed and will be published when finalized.
  • Jan 20, Water Quality Test on San Bernard
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 Jan report. Learn more about the Texas Stream Team. Yearly reports are found on Environment page.
  • Jan 14, Deepwater Horizon Litigation Webinar
FOR President Tom Ronayne viewed a web seminar where a panel of experts discussed some of the major issues of the BP oil spill ligation. This has important implications for 80% of the Clean Water Act penalties will go through the RESTORE ACT  for economic and ecological recovery in the Gulf, hopefully finanancing the reopening of the mouth of the San Bernard
  • Jan 13, Phillips 66 Citizen Advisory Panel (CAP) Meeting, Old Ocean
FOR Directors Fred Kanter and Vanessa Taylor and Presdent Tom Ronayne attended the CAP meeting which covered progress of the expansion projects in Old Ocean.
 
Possible Problem for Reopening the Mouth
Posted on Jan 21st, 2015 Comments (0)
 
 
BP's fine for Deepwater Horizon spill could be less than anticipated
 
by Dale K. DuPont
Reprinted from WORKBOAT 1/19/2015
 
BP’s maximum penalty for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster could be $13.7 billion – about $4 billion less than anticipated and less than what the U.S. government wanted.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, New Orleans, ruled Jan. 15 that the disaster unleashed 3.19 million bbl. of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The government claimed a discharge of 4.19 million bbl., while BP estimated 2.45 million, court documents show.
 
 
The amount is critical because of the potential fine, which will be determined in the next phase of the trial expected to begin Tuesday, Jan. 20. Under the Clean Water Act (CWA) penalties of $1,100 bbl. can rise to $4,300 when the spill results from gross negligence.
 
...BP said in a statement that the court is required to consider a number of factors in calculating the fine including efforts to minimize the spill, the economic impact of the penalty on the company and “any history of certain types of prior violations…. BP believes that considering all the statutory penalty factors together weighs in favor of a penalty at the lower end of the statutory range.”

Postscript to WorkBoat article:
President Tom Ronayne says, "there will also be natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) fines possibly in the billions. Personally, I'm more concerned with how long the appeals and eventual funding will take than what the final number will be. It looks like Texas will have plenty to fund our $30-60MM mouth project."
 
 
Series of Educational Programs Planned
Posted on Jan 20th, 2015 Comments (0)
 
Six educational programs are planned again this year by the FOR San Bernard Board of Directors and Environmental Committee. Each will be free to the public, feature "subject matter experts" on the topics, and include plenty of question and answer time so that each participant gets the information he or she needs. 
  • “Gardening on the San Bernard”,
  • Sat. Feb 14, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, FOR Community Center  ​​
  • Speakers: Master Gardeners Jim Hillis and Ray Michalik
Celebrate V-Day by bringing your honey to hear of Jim Hillis' gardening successes and failures on the banks of the San Bernard. Ray Michalik will tell you about the type of citrus and fruit trees that are suitable for planting on the river and where they are available. 
  •  "Management Strategies for Fire ants and Tawny Crazy Ants”
  • Sat. Mar 14, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, FOR Community Center
  • Speaker: Dr. Fire Ant - Entomologist Paul Nester
Find out how to win the battle with fire ants. Dr. Nester is part of the Fire Ant Project Team of the Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management PlanTexas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University System. 
 
2015 San Bernard Watershed Scholarship Opportunity
Posted on Jan 12th, 2015 Comments (0)
 
 
 
 
2015 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. All applications must be returned no later than April 15, 2015Scholarship requirements and Application Form 
 
If you have any questions, e-mail Fred Kanter, Scholarship Committee Chairman, at Contact Us (select Scholarships) 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.
 
Application deadline is Wed Apr 15, 2015
 
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 (0)
 
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