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Who must take a Boater Education Certification Course?
Posted on Apr 24th, 2015 Comments (0)
It’s the law…anyone born on or after September 1, 1993 who wishes to operate certain vessels on the public waterways of Texas must take a boater education course.
A person at least 13 years of age and born on or after September 1, 1993 may operate without supervision only if he or she has passed a boater education course that is accepted by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, in the following vessels: 
  • A powerboat powered by a motor of more than 15 horsepower or …
  • A personal watercraft or …
  • A windblown vessel over 14 feet in length.
 A person less than 13 years of age may operate only if he or she is supervised by a person who:
  • Is 18 years of age or older and…
  • Can lawfully operate the watercraft and…
  • Is on board when the vessel is underway
Watch for information concerning a Boating Safety Education Course planned for Sat May23 at the FOR Community Center. Details to follow.

ELI Discusses Gulf Restoration & Recovery Funding
Posted on Apr 22nd, 2015 Comments (0)
Currently, Dannenbaum Engineering is working on a grant application for RESTORE Act funds to dredge open the mouth and build protective jetties to keep it open. (No projects have been approved under the RESTORE Act yet.)

FOR Hears from National Weather Service Regarding Flooding
Posted on Apr 20th, 2015 Comments (0)
An email was recently received from David C. Schwertz, Senior Service Hydrologist, Houston-Galveston Area National Weather Service Office regarding flooding on the San Bernard. Mr Schwertz spoke at the February 28th FOR “State of the River” meeting.
Good Morning Friends of the San Bernard,
Well we've had a couple of events since I spoke with you, this past weekend by far the worst. The stage at the Phillips dock near Sweeny this morning was 19.8 feet, very close to the major flood category (20 feet). I just wanted to touch base and see what the impact of this level is having in your area. Any information you can provide will be helpful. I would also like to meet and discuss improvement in hydrological services for the lower San  Bernard which we had touched on when I was there. My schedule is fairly tight this week but I am open next week and the first week of May. Please let me know if any of these dates work for you.
Best Regards,

River Flood Advisory
Posted on Apr 18th, 2015 Comments (0)
  • Sat Apr 18
1:45 pm - the river is rising due to yesterday's heavy rainfall over the San Bernard watershed. It's still within its banks located between the two bridges (FM 521 & FM 2611) but is steadily rising. Current speed is four mph. 
5:15 pm - River just out of its banks, current stil four mph, some debris spotted floating down the river
7:30 pm - The water has risen about an inch an hour since 5:15 pm. River current is holding about four mph. No river updates after dark.

Best news of all, the edge of the rain clouds passed over this location and the bright sun lit up the trees on the opposite shore. The small red dot in the water is a red plastic gas can bobbing its way to the Gulf. >>
There is always a link to flood information at the bottom of this page. "NOAA Hydrological Prediction..." then scroll down to bottom graph "San Bernard River near Sweeny"
  • Sun Apr 19
12 noon - Boling is predicted to be at 29.5’ at 7:00 pm tonight. Flood stage is 18’ so we're still going to have a lot of water down here, even with no more rain this week. The photo was taken one mile above the Blacks Ferry Bridge (FM 522).>>
  • Mon Apr 20
8:45 amThe water surface elevation at Boling has dropped approx a foot since 7:00 pm last night. Still at flood stage of 28.62’ with lots of water coming down the river. The water level at Boling is a good predictor of what is heading to the lower reaches of the San Bernard. It's located 24 river miles above the Sweeny flood gauge. The velocity of the current is approx 4.6 mph.
Photo is of a yellow paddle boat that floated to a spot 100 yards downriver from the  railroad bridge on the Brazoria side.>>
Photo: Linda Wright
Photo: Tom Ronayne
Photo: Tom Ronayne
  • Tues Apr 21
8:15 am - last flood advisory from river resident hydrologist and FOR President Tom Ronayne
     The water surface elevation is down two feet from crest at East Bernard, down three feet at Boling. Safe to say the drop is more than just the effects of the north wind, high pressure and resulting low tide yesterday, so we can call yesterday morning the crest.
     The National Weather Service web site shows levels at Sweeny down to about three feet above normal by Thursday. The forecast seems to have stretched out enough to match what the river is doing now. For folks between the bridges, FM 521 / FM 2611, or those with higher docks, your lumber should see daylight by Thursday or Friday at the latest. Late in the weekend or early next week for those in the upper reaches around Blacks Ferry Bridge. Let the mudslinging begin...
Ranger Program Presented at Newgulf Elementary
Posted on Apr 17th, 2015 Comments (0)
FOR Ranger instructors, left, Ken Wright, Mike Goodson, Claudia Pechacek, Newgulf Elementary fifth grade science teacher Kimberly Sanchez, Adalia Maudlin and Valroy Maudlin. Not shown Bob Bailey and Linda Wright.
A FOR Ranger program was held on Friday, April 17th at Newgulf Elementary in Boling, Texas. The educational program was presented to 92 fifth grade science students who learned about the San Bernard River watershed and its environmental concerns. Points-of-interest along the river were discussed accompanied with a FOR watershed booklet. Fish identification of the San Bernard followed after which “mostly-true” fish tales were told by the students. Last was an interactive nautical knot tying session. Each Student was given a packet of information and a FOR Ranger t-shirt. Four lucky kids also won a rod and reel when their names were drawn. More photos Rangers New Gulf 17Apr15
Baylee Snow
Jordan Todd
Madison Cervantes
Mason Haga
April Meeting Reports
Posted on Apr 16th, 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.)
  • Apr 14, Phillips 66 Citizen Advisory Panel (CAP) Meeting, Old Ocean
FOR Directors Marie BreakironValroy Maudlin, Fred Kanter and President Tom Ronayne attended. Updates were heard from the city of Sweeny, Sweeny hospital, Sweeny ISD, Phillips 66 and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. Mr. Tom Holt, H & H Ventures, commissioned by Sweeny Independent School District, discussed a housing survey of local employees to see where they live and what might attract them to live closer to work, i.e., in SISD.  
Progressive Dinner on the River
Posted on Apr 12th, 2015 Comments (0)
Each year, a popular auction item, a progressive dinner is featured at the October FOR fundraiser. The dinner consists of three couples, who purchased the dinner, being transported by water taxi to four riverside homes where they are served a different food course at each place. This is a true challenge to the participates, who, by the end of the dinner, have consumed an amazing quantity of delicious food and drink and have met some great river hosts.
A progressive dinner was held on Saturday, April 11th. At the first stop, appetizers were served by hosts Barbara and Nick Fratila. They had prepared Salata de Vinete (Romanian Eggplant Salad Spread/Dip), Cheddar Pinwheels and fresh vegetables for dipping and crackers.
Hosts at the second stop were Wendy and Jerry Monical  and Nancy and Fred Kanter who served chilled Avocado Soup and Wedge Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing and Andouille Sausage.
Third stop was the entrée where hosts Erma and Larry Vacek served Crawfish & Shrimp Enchiladas, Rice Pilaf, Roasted Asparagus and toasted French Bread.
On Saturday, April 11, 2015 Norman and Sue Woods, Ravi and Pam Singhania and Juan and Joyce Chapa experienced the fun and food of a San Bernard Progressive Dinner.
By the last stop, everyone was loosening their belts because they were about to experience dessert. Hosts Suzanne and Mike Goodson served Chocolate Bread Pudding w/Spiced Cream, New York Style Cheesecake accompanied by coffee, dessert wines and liquors. 
Thanks to Wayne Riley who supplied the water taxi and Mike Goodson who captained it and Ken Wright who assisted.
If you have thoughts of buying this auction item at the upcoming Oct 3rd “Escape to the Tropics” fundraiser, start training now!
Easter Bunny Makes Appearance at Community Center
Posted on Apr 6th, 2015 Comments (0)
Excited kids hunt down Easter Eggs scattered on the FOR Community Center grounds.
Spike, the Easter Bunny, arrived by boat driven by Bob Bailey, to start the hunt!
Consider yourself lucky not to be standing in front of the large group of pumped up kids as the starter’s gun went off to signal the beginning of the fourth annual FOR Easter Egg Hunt, a Friends of the River San Bernard hosted event. It was pure pandemonium as kids ran to find the 2,000 eggs filled with treats. Afterwards, the children were served cookies, milk and orange juice to help wash down all the "nutritious" treats found inside the eggs.
Thanks to Spike Shane Davenport (Tom & Sherrie Folger’s son-in-law) for jumping on the task of portraying Peter Rabbit. Thanks to Vicki Head and Wana York for chairing the Easter Egg Hunt and who were ably assisted by the Decorating Divas committee in filling and hiding the eggs. Also thanks to Pettigrew Distributing, Oak Farms Dairy for suppling the milk and juice.
Poll Question on Boating Safety
Posted on Apr 6th, 2015 Comments (0)
>> Have you or anyone in your family had an accident or close call with a recreational boater? Click on “Comment” above to answer.
The San Bernard River is becoming increasingly busy not only with runabouts, wakeboarding boats. jet skis and pontoon boats, but also with canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and the like. Close calls have become all too common.
A United States Coast Guard Auxiliary public education course on boating safety and on site boat inspection, Saturday, May 23 is planned by the FOR Environmental Committee at the FOR Community Center, 20450 CR 510 B. Details to follow.

Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (0)
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