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September Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on Sep 23rd, 2017 Comments (0)
H-GAC Texas Stream Team volunteers Valroy Maudlin and Tim Logan, using a test kit, measure the physical and chemical parameters of San Bernard River at two locations along the river. Valroy tests off his pier at CR 496, 1.6 miles upstream from the Churchill BridgeTim Logan tests off his dock at Rio Vista, 4.5 miles downstream from the Churchill Bridge. Both tests are done on the same day at the same time each month.
The test reports the pH level, salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen and turbidity of the water. In March of this year, a bacterium enteroccocus test was added, conducted through a partnership with Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF)
The two forms are shown for comparison as the data collected from the two locations can vary.
Barge Traffic Halted on River
Posted on Sep 21st, 2017 Comments (0)
Plant officials at the Phillips 66 Terminal on the San Bernard near Sweeny report the control room is badly damaged from flood waters and it will be a while before any barges are seen on the river.
GLO Grants Special Permission On the San Bernard
Posted on Sep 20th, 2017 Comments (0)
FOR President Mike Goodson talked to the Texas General Land Office (GLO) regarding repairing and dredging around docks on the San Bernard River damaged during Hurricane Harvey. Special permission has been granted until January 10, 2018 to do the following:
  • Existing docks and piers may be removed and replaced to the original size prior to the storm. Such structures must have been originally permitted. 
  • The removal of sand material is permitted but cannot be placed anywhere in state waters “ the river “ (not back into the San Bernard). Removal can only be made to the original depth prior to the storm.
  • Any material that is on your property cannot be redeposited in the river. 
Questions - call Coastal Field Operations at the GLO La Porte Field Office 1-281-470-1191
Harvey Resource Guide
Posted on Sep 20th, 2017 Comments (0)
The United Way of Brazoria County has provided comprehensive information on their website about Hurricane Harvey recovery resources in both English and Spanish.There are also numerous links to EPA resources on what to do following a flood. 
Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) information , the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers short-term food assistance benefits to families recovering from a disaster. Applications are being accepted from Sep 18-24. Residents who currently receive regular SNAP food benefits are ineligible for the D-SNAP program.
San Bernard River Watershed Protection Plan Approved
Posted on Sep 19th, 2017 Comments (0)
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) has announced the San Bernard Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) has been approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is ready to move forward with plan implementation.
Plan Overview: The WPP identifies sources of pollution in the watershed and recommends voluntary solutions to improve water quality, which include repairing and replacing failing on-site sewage systems and supporting local agricultural operations in implementing land use management techniques that protect area waterways.
Next Steps: Moving forward, H-GAC and project stakeholders will continue working together to implement the plan. Visit the project website to learn more about this effort and view the approved WPP.
River Updates
Posted on Sep 17th, 2017 Comments (0)
Note: these factoids were answers to questions asked at the annual Friends of the River public meeting on Sat Sep 17th.
  • Private Boat Ramp Open for Public Usage
Until public boat ramps on the San Bernard can be cleaned of flood water debris, a private boat ramp located at Riverview Ranch is open for public use. It is deep enough for most boats. Call - Kirk Wardlaw, 713-503-7711.
The boat ramp at Hanson Riverside County Park, west of West Columbia on Hwy 35, is open for smaller boats. 
  • No fee at Brazoria County Landfill
Seabreeze Landfill, 10310 FM 523, Angleton, waived the fee during flood cleanup efforts.
Main number 979-864-4422, Toll-Free 866.669.7834.
Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 7:00 AM. - 4:30 PM. Saturday 7:00 AM. - 2:00 PM. (Closed to the public at 1:30 PM.), Closed on Sunday 
  • Flood Gage (USGS 08117705) at Hwy 35 to replace Sweeny Flood Gage
United States Geological Survey (USGS) National Water Information System:  You can get the latest data sent to your mobile phone or email.
  • Storm Debris Pickup Phone Number
Residents living along state and county roads in unincorporated areas of Brazoria County can arrange for storm debris to be picked up by calling 979-900-9037 or email debrispickup@brazoria-county.com
Separate debris into six different categories: household trash, vegetative debris, construction and demolition debris, appliances, electronics and household hazardous waste. Debris must not be stacked or leaned against trees, poles or other structures and should be placed in the right of way as close to the road as possible. There will be multiple passes down each road to retrieve debris.
Mud from your yard if placed NEAR NOT IN a drainage ditch, will be collected.
  • Water Well Sanitizing
Information at TCEQ "Disinfecting Your Private Well". Brazoria County Water Lab waived the well testing fee for Brazoria County residents. Phone 979-864-1628 and located at 409 East Orange, Angleton, Texas 77515.  Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 A.M. - 4 P.M.  Saturday:  8 A.M. - 2 P.M.
It's been suggested using this website is the best way to know what is going on in your neighborhood - besides actually meeting them in person. Easy to set up.
  • MOUTH OPEN see article below
Flood Waters Open Mouth
Posted on Sep 16th, 2017 Comments (0)
Photo Bert Smith - taken Sat Sep 16, 2017
The river mouth has sat shut for four years and nine months, not opening to  the Gulf of Mexico, but a big push from Hurricane Harvey flood waters corrected that condition. Yes, it’s open!
The depth on the east side of the river is between 7 - 10 ft and about 4 ft on the west side. It measures 40 to 50 ft. across.
Keeping the mouth open is the next big challenge. Stay tuned for what measures are planned next!
Earlier flood water photos below.
Use Caution on River
Posted on Sep 12th, 2017 Comments (0)
Now that the boating ban on the San Bernard has been lifted (Sep 12) BE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION for the next couple of weeks while boating on the river because timbers, pipes, cables, sheet metal, etc. from destroyed boat lifts could possibly be lodged against the bottom or bank or lurking just beneath the surface of the water.
Be safe, slow down!
If you have seen military aircraft flying overhead, yes, there is a war going on - a war on mosquitos! The planes will be flying throughout the county to assist with mosquito spraying.
...Two Days Later
Posted on Sep 10th, 2017 Comments (0)
Photos Bert Smith, taken Sun Sep 10, 2017 
Hurricane Harvey Flood Waters at Mouth
Posted on Sep 8th, 2017 Comments (0)
Photos Bert Smith, taken Fri Sep 8, 2017
Selfie photo Bert Smith
Intrepid pilot and photographer Bert Smith, right, and FOR President Mike Goodson on a reconnaissance flight over the river.
The flood waters of Hurricane Harvey have pushed through the mouth of the San Bernard and extend beyond the regular surf line in the Gulf of Mexico. The dark-blue colored water pushes the silt-laden water flowing from the Brazos River away from land. The flood waters make a sharp right turn to flow south along the beach. The BIG question is whether the flood waters are simply flowing over the sand clogged mouth or have actually blasted it open. Only when the flood waters have receded will the actual condition be known. Hopefully, Bert Smith, the venturesome pilot, who is responsible for taking photos of the mouth will have one that reveals the true condition.


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