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FOR Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup Scheduled
Posted on Oct 23rd, 2017 Comments (0)
9:45 a.m.
Churchill Bridge parking lot
Breakfast on the Bernard
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Dido's Restaurant
Two FOR events on Sat Nov 4th
Immediately following Breakfast on the Bernard, Sat Nov 4th, a trash pickup is scheduled along FM 2611 one mile either side of the Churchill Bridge. This prevents trash thrown along the roadside from being washed into the river. 
Volunteers meet at the Churchill Bridge boat ramp parking area at 9:45 a.m. and wear a hat, gloves, sunscreen and mosquitoes repellent. Strong shoes or boots are a good idea. TXDOT and FOR supplies bottled water, safety vests and trash bags.
Be sure and fuel up first with breakfast at the regular first-Saturday-of-the-month FOR Breakfast on the Bernard, Dido’s Restaurant (located not far from the bridge). Breakfast is served from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Cost is $8 and kids under ten eat free. The coffee’s hot and so’s the conversation!
Call Co-chairs Mike Pudlo, 832.876.5522 or Tom Ronayne 979.345.2111 for information or just show up and help pick up. 
Peach Creek Shows Height of Flood Water
Posted on Oct 21st, 2017 Comments (0)
The National Weather Service facebook page scroll down to find article.
This graphic from NWS Western Gulf Rivers Forecast Center shows where the Colorado River and San Bernard River met in Wharton County.  >>>
Harvey dumped so much rain along the coast that larger rivers rose higher than their normal watershed boundaries and began flowing into other watersheds that used to be part of the larger river meander system and oxbows.
This image shows the lower Colorado invading the middle San Bernard - causing the Wharton gage (Colorado river) to flatten its crest while the Boling gage (San Bernard) gained additional water increasing its crest.
The National Weather Service (post Hurricane Harvey) said that the water rose high enough to go above the natural Colorado watershed and pour into the San Bernard watershed, flooding the West San Bernard and Peach Creeks.
The photo is of Peach Creek north of Iago, close to the San Bernard River (white circle on map) Notice the log perched high in a tree (red circle) above the creek showing the height of the flood waters needed to lodge it there, approx 18-20 ft above the level of creek water now. 
Photo Linda Wright
The asterisk at Boling indicates date of crest TBD (to be determined)
For the complete "Post Storm Hurricane Report" go to National Weather Service 
Update on Receiving RESTORE ACT Funds
Posted on Oct 17th, 2017 Comments (0)
Past mouth links:
The Gulf Coast Rescue folks took me, plus, Chris Sallese of Dannenbaum Engineering and four Berg/Oliver employees on a boat trip to the mouth last Thursday 12Oct17. Berg/Oliver had their drone flying the mouth for two hours. We had a depth finder on the boat. We couldn’t get to the Gulf because it was less than two feet and we tried four or five different ways!
There were some areas where it was 10 to 11 feet deep but we sure need the dredge now. RESTORE ACT Funds are still at the U.S. Treasury Dept. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is hoping to have the Funds by December but Chris Sallese thinks February or March of 2018
Thanks again.
Dude Payne
Brazoria County Commissioner Pct. 1
A Boater’s Observation of the Mouth
Posted on Oct 15th, 2017 Comments (0)
This message was recently posted on FOR website’s Discussion Forum. It was written by Rich Heiman regarding his visit to the mouth of the river. Here it is in case you missed it:
Photo Bert Smith taken 10-14-17                   Past photos and history  of mouth
“Since Hurricane Harvey, I have been eager to explore the mouth of the San Bernard, for anchor of a deep draft boat (six feet) but also for fishing. It had been reported earlier on this site that the mouth was open. On Wednesday October 11, 2017 we launched from the ramp on the ICW.  (The boat ramp at Churchill is still not viable although some silt and debris has been removed.)  
The mouth is definitely open! We were on a normal to low tide and there was a strong current in the mouth channel flowing out (ebb). Depths in the mouth channel ranged from 5 to 12 feet along the deepest cut until approach near the beach where it became shallow.            continued >>
There was a 5 foot shoal at the ICW so deeper draft vessels still cannot access the mouth area. Some fish were being caught at the end of the road near the boat ICW boat ramp. We did not catch any; we only fished for a few minutes
using spoons. There were others that had some modest stringers of sheepshead, redfish and specs.  
There were numerous boat trailers in the parking area, but we only saw three other fishing boats working the lower river and south into the mouth.  We did see several groups of Spoonbills on the east shore just north of the ICW. My wife loves seeing the Spoonbills!   
What a beautiful area this is !!” 
2017 Fundraiser Postponed
Posted on Oct 13th, 2017 Comments (0)
Due to the recent historic flooding event, the FOR Fundraiser “Party in ParrotDise", originally planned on Sat Oct 7th, is postponed until next year. We still have hundreds of homeowners displaced from their homes. Many are still months away from being able to move back. Most people are not aware of the devastation that occurred on the river and in San Bernard watershed area. All other FOR events and activities will continue as usual. We are currently planning the educational and environmental programs for 2018. We have tremendous support from our sponsors that will allow us to continue as usual. Ours hopes and prayers are with all those who suffered in this tragic event. Thanks to everyone for your support and hope to see you next year .
Mike Goodson
FOR President  
FOR Announces its 2017 Officers
Posted on Oct 13th, 2017 Comments (0)
Mike Goodson
Vice President 
Fred Kanter
Marie Breakiron
Bob Bailey
Friends of the River San Bernard announces the election of officers to the Executive Committee of its Board of Directors. The new officers, whose terms begin immediately, are charged with providing guidance and overall leadership of FOR San Bernard. All officers to the Board are elected by the Board of Directors at the October meeting and will serve a one year term ending in mid-October 2018. See the complete Friends of the River SB Board of Directors.
October Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on Oct 12th, 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.
M/V Mark E. Flynn Seen Trippin' on the River
Posted on Oct 10th, 2017 Comments (0)
Photo Tim Logan
On Sat Oct. 7, the M/V Mark E. Flynn was seen pushing the first barge upriver to the Phillips 66 terminal after Hurricane Harvey flood waters had receded. Repairs to the Phillips 66 terminal control room, that was badly damaged by flood waters, were completed on Friday Oct 6th.
Photo Tom Ronayne
The empty barge sits at the Phillips 66 terminal waiting to be loaded with petroleum product. M/V Mark E. Flynn was seen a couple of day later traveling “light” back down the river probably to pick up another empty barge. It’s looks like it's business as usual.
Note: It was reported on Oct, 8, that the average depth of the river between FM 522 to FM 521 was 18' deep. 
Reporting River Hazards
Posted on Oct 7th, 2017 Comments (0)
San Bernard River Boating Enthusiasts
The Texas General Land Office (GLO) has requested that any navigation and safety hazards left behind in the river only (not located on land) from hurricane flooding be reported to them. This could be submerged trees, partial pieces of boat docks, etc. anything that represents a boating hazard in the San Bernard River.
As a service to all San Bernard River residents who know the river well and come upon a hazard, please fill out the information below and email to webmaster@sanbernardriver.com. FOR San Bernard is compiling a list of all known hazards and will supply the complete list to GLO around the end of October. Mark the hazard if possible.
Include in your email:
Your Name
Description of hazard
Location map, include section number that applies to the hazard: Section 1, Section 2, Section 3
-- FOR Environmental Committee
Mon 10Oct17  - List to Date of Hazards Reported
(A) portions floating decks hidden when tide is up
(B) dock against boat lift, tree lodged against bulkhead
(C) concrete chunk next to FM 2918 boat ramp and ICW
(D) partially submerged tree leaning on pier, cannot move it
(E) large pieces of floating docks and piers
(F) floating hot tub in middle of river
Christmas in October
Posted on Oct 6th, 2017 Comments (0)
Make the San Bernard unique this Holiday Season - display vintage commercial-size decorations on (what's left of) your boat house
POINSETTIA - 5 ft tall x 4.75 ft wide
SNOWFLAKE - 5 ft tall x 4.74 ft wide
SOCK - 6 ft tall x 3 ft wide
TREE - 7 ft tall x 6 ft wide
Here’s a chance to buy vintage commercial-size decorations that need some sprucing up. These have been used as small town pole decorations and are now looking for a new home on the river. Some of the light bulbs may or may not work and will need new lights. The decorations have metal holders on the back that slip into a metal bracket that attaches to your boat house with two bolts and then are plugged into an electrical outlet. They are meant to be viewed on both sides and will only work on water-front boat houses or locations where they can be seen traveling up and down the river.
You can buy “as is” and replace the lighting yourself or you can buy rewired with traditional (non-LED) clear C9 bulbs. The price list indicates “as is” or rewired versions.
It takes two strings of 25 C-9 bulbs for the poinsettia and snowflake. The two larger decorations take three strings of 25 C-9 bulbs. 
To place an order call Vicki at 979-429-0404. These decorations are for San Bernard River waterfront residences only.
PRICE LIST          As Is         Rewired
POINSETTIA          $35              $70 
SNOWFLAKE          $35             $70
TREE                     $50             $100
SOCK                    $50             $100
BRACKET            Included      Included


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