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The Dam Report
Posted on May 24th, 2017 Comments (0)
Despite heavy rain falling on parts of the river earlier this week, the Phillips 66 spillway on the San Bernard has a minimum amount of water flowing over it on Tuesday morning May 23. The dam is located a couple of miles upstream from Hwy 35 west of West Columbia. Looks like the Lord is willing and the creek won’t rise.
Photo Tom Ronayne
 
 
Living on the River - Septic System 101
Posted on May 23rd, 2017 Comments (0)
Photo courtesy Ryan Gerlich, Texas A&M
 In case you missed the septic system program at the FOR Community Center held on April 29th and are now suffering from clogs and killers in your septic tank, here’s some handy reference material. 
 
April’s program speaker, Ryan Gerlich of Texas A&M's AgriLife Extension Services provided this article “Maintain Your Septic System to Protect Well Water” that tells about maintaining your septic system to keep from polluting the environment and posing health hazards to people.
 
In case you still want more, the EPA has provided this “Homeowner’s Guide to Septic Systems” that explains everything from “soup to nuts”!
 
 
Mouth Restoration Project Now Accepting Public Comments
Posted on May 19th, 2017 Comments (0)
 
The mouth needs your voice!
 
 
 
Here is your opportunity to voice your opinion regarding the Mouth of the San Bernard River Restoration Project. A 45 day public input period is now available. 
 
After completion of the public input phase, submission to the U.S. Treasury for securing funds will be done. This is why our voice to open the mouth is important! https://www.restorethetexascoast.org
 
Note, if you have not already read about the mouth project, click on this LINK, enlarge the map a few times by hitting the  + sign and click on the diamond icon that says “Mouth of the San Bernard River Restoration Project” located just south of Freeport. You will see the project description there.
 
 
 
Restore the historical flow of the San Bernard River to the Gulf of Mexico by dredging the mouth of the San Bernard River that is currently silted in. Restoring the flow will benefit the threatened and endangered species habitat, essential fish habitat, as well as improve the overall environmental and economic health of the Texas coastal estuary system. 
 
Need help in writing - here's a sample letter.
 
Your name
Your Address
City, State, Zip
 
Date
 
I believe reopening the mouth of the San Bernard to the Gulf of Mexico would have major restoration benefits for the Texas coastal estuary system, including
 
1.    Fish habitat
2.    Coastal-dependent species of wildlife
3.    Bird species
4.    Brackish coastal marsh areas – nursery for shrimp, crab
5.    Coastal beach area, vegetation, dunes
 
It would also improve the
 
1.    Tidal water and mud flats
2.    Reduce flooding-related river conditions
3.    Barges dangerously navigating the ICW and Brozos flood gates due to unnatural currents
4.    Fish pass from Gulf to river
 
I understand reopening the mouth is just one of the many challenging issues facing the Texas Gulf Coast, however, one that can be solved.
 
Looking forward to having a great river made even better.
 
Sincerely,
Your Name
 
Copy (or compose your own version of the letter) and email to
Deadline: Written comments should be submitted electronically no later than 5:00 pm central time on Fri Jun 30, 2017 (extended due to MIP revisions).
 
 
FOR Awards $1,000 Scholarships
Posted on May 18th, 2017 Comments (0)
Each school year, Friends of the River San Bernard offers graduating Seniors, living in or attending a high school within the San Bernard watershed, a scholarship opportunity. Applicants must demonstrate a direct connection between their career path and the betterment of the environment. This year, seven $1,000 scholarships were awarded. 
 
“It is not just the challenge of youth today to take care of our environment but it is their duty…and we know through these young scholarship recipients, they are up to the task.” – Fred Kanter, FOR Scholarship Committee Chairman
Tom Ronayne, FOR Director stands at the podium and congratulates the four Sweeny High School scholarship winners at their May 17th award's ceremony.The bios below start left with Everett Alford, Abbi Marie Roome, Jessica Virgel and Ashlynn Turbett.
 
Everett Alford. a Sweeny High School graduate, plans to attend Texas A&M University (Blinn Team) in the fall, planning a career in Biomed and Vet Sciences, Land and Water Steward & Livestock Management. Everett ranked 16th in his class of 143 with a GPA over 4.0. His long-term goals are to own his own and operate his own vet clinic and be involved with the Ag Extension office.  His background in FFA, 4H & Rotary will continue to guide him throughout his path in life. 
 
Abbi Marie Roome is a Sweeny High School graduate, ranking 18th of 143 classmates. She plans to attend Texas A&M Corpus Christi to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering. Abbi is a well-rounded individual with a wide range of interests, which are centered to service to her community and church. Abbi is a leader, self-motivated and respected by her peers and teachers. After graduation, Abbi plans to seek employment in the Brazoria County area, bringing new ideas for enhancing the environmental movement on the San Bernard River. 
 
Jessica Virgel, a Sweeny High School graduate, ranked 6th in a class of 143, plans to attend Texas Tech University in the fall. Her field of study is Nursing – Human Development and Family Studies. Her long-term goal is to receive her master’s degree in nursing and complete the requirement for nurse practitioner specializing in trauma (ER), Medical-Surgical or Labor & DeliveryJessica plans to work on the vast problem of  medical waste in our environment. Jessica has vast volunteering and mentoring avenues, which will serve her throughout her life’s journey.  
 
Ashlynn Turbett, a Sweeny High School graduate, ranked 1st in her class of 143, plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering (EE). Ashlynn’s long range plans are to work for NASA and continue her Electrical Engineering education towards her Ph.D. Ashlynn’s love for music will always be a part of her life and she plans to include it in her future hobbies. She plans to work toward reducing carbon emissions to benefit the sea ecosystems by reducing the acidity in the oceans. 
Marissa Macha will be attending Texas A&M University at Kingsville where she will study Range & Wildlife Management. She graduated 2nd in her class of 74 at East Bernard High SchoolMarissa is very active in FFA, National Honor Society and various volunteer activities. She received her Lone Star Degree, the highest degree Texas FFA can bestow. A talented UIL writer, she placed 1st, 2nd & 3rd multiple times in her four years of high school, qualifying her for regional. Her desire to be a wildlife biologist and manage population of animals will help craft the environment.
 
< Marissa and Fred Kanter, Scholarship Committee​ Chairman, stand behind the East Bernard ISD logo.
Nicholas Noska wrote a cover letter to FOR San Bernard, a nice touch but not required. In the letter, he told about being accepted to the College of Engineering at Texas A&M where he will study Chemical Engineering. His transcript from Bellville High School was very impressive where he ranked 10th in his class with a heavy emphasis on math and science. Nicholas was very active in FFA, Band, Bellville Little League, Volunteer Fire Dept, St Mary’s Episcopal Church, and other community activities. He was named “Breakfast of Champions” outstanding student of character all four years. He plans to encourage green engineering and other renewable forms of energy.
 
< Nicholas looks down at his reflection on Fred Kanter, Scholarship Committee​ Chairman's head.
Alyssa Marie Froebel plans to attend Texas A&M in the fall to study Animal Science to become a geneticist to build better livestock at her family’s ranch on the San Bernard River. She ranks 14th in her class of 159 at Bellville High School. Active in all facets of FFA she also found time to play varsity softball where she received Academic All District player for three years, attend Girl's State, play volley ball, and was a member of Girl Scout Troop 1214 for four years. She hopes her chosen career path will help endangered animal populations on the San Bernard River fight disease, “Helping endangered animals is one of my passions and I hope with your help, I can make my passion into a career.”
 
< Alyssa also looks down at her reflection on Fred Kanter, Scholarship Committee​ Chairman's head.
 
May Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on May 16th, 2017 Comments (0)
 
Citizen scientists, Valroy Mauldin, FOR Director and Tim Logan, FOR Evironmental Team Leader, take water samples each month for the Texas Stream Team program. The test reports the pH level, salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and a recently added bacterium enteroccocus test conducted through a partnership with Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF).
 
May Field Observation Note: Sample date 5-09-17
Enterococci Bacteria (as analyzed by GBF)
  • MPN 53 -  Most Probable Number of  colony forming unit (CFU) / 100 mL within 24 h. Impaired is above 104
  • GM 32.56 -  Geometric Mean, Impaired is above 35 with at least 5 samples
Flow slow upstream. Large dead Alligator Gar in water next to bank 150 ft. downstream.  Buzzards having a feast! Flow at saltwater dam - minimal water over the dam for last couple of weeks.
 
 
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
 
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