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July Water Quality Test on the San Bernard
Posted on Jul 27th, 2016 Comments (0)
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. The test reports the pH level, temperature, dissolved oxygen, and other indicators of water quality in the San Bernard.
Monitors in the tidal water (bodies of water that are subject to the ebb and flow of ordinary tides below the salt water dam) of the river are now asked to report both conductivity (measured with an electronic meter in micro siemens per centimeter or milli siemens per centimeter)  and salinity measured with a hydrometer and temperature using a table and reported as parts per thousand (ppt)
July Field Observation Note: Flow moving very slowly upstream, rising tide!.
Seen on the River: M/V Nova H Louis
Posted on Jul 16th, 2016 Comments (0)
The towboat M/V Nova H. Louis was seen recently pushing barges to and from the Phillips 66 terminal facility on the San Bernard, located a mile and a half downstream from the FM 522 Black Ferry Bridge.
The towboat is owned by the American Commercial Barge Line, Jefferson, Indiana. The company began in 1915 as a coal moving business on the Kentucky River and now has a fleet of 4,800 barges powered by 200 towboats. 
A two-letter river code system is used by the barge transportation industry to identify rivers, canals and river segments including the mile marker number for location on the waterway…so, the river code for the "FOR World Headquarters" would be SB15.
July Meeting Reports
Posted on Jul 15th, 2016 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.
  • Jul 2, Breakfast on the Bernard, Dido's Restaurant
Twenty-six friends of the river attended the regular first-Saturday-of-the-month FOR hosted Breakfast on the Bernard where anyone who is friend of the river is invited. After a great breakfast and coffee, the river talk flowed until 10:00 a.m.
  • Jul 12, Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District Public Scoping Mtg, West Columbia Civic Center
FOR Directors Bob Bailey, Tom Ronayne, Valroy Maudlin, Linda Wright and Fred Kanter, plus a group of interested river residents attended the meeting concerning the Brazos floodgates and the locks on the Colorado to express concern about the mouth of the San Bernard being affected by what happens at the Brazos floodgates. FOR has sent a letter of concern to USACE.
Texas Coastal Photos
Posted on Jul 14th, 2016 Comments (0)
Pilot photographer Bert Smith took photos of the Texas coastal area on July 12, 2016. Numbers indicate the locations of the photos. The blue line indicates the San Bernard River. The Intracoastal Waterway intersects the river just above number 3.
PHOTO #1: Ernie’s Acres located off of CR 2918 on the west side of the San Bernard River. It was started sometime in the 1970s. The oblong brown patch is the recently mowed field behind Floyd Randolph’s barn. 
PHOTO #2: Cedar Lakes is a series of lakes just south of the ICWW. It is closed to the Gulf of Mexico.
PHOTO #3:  The old channel of the San Bernard where it migrated to the west after the original mouth had closed. 
PHOTO #4: Redfish Cut is a breach into the Wolf Island estuary on the southeast corner of Wolf Island. The island is bounded on the west by the San Bernard River, on the north the ICWW, the east is the Brazos River flowing between the East and West Flood Gates, and the Gulf of Mexico on the south.
PHOTO #5: The mouth of the Brazos River emptying into the Gulf. To the left of the river is Wolf Island pictured in photo # 4.
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
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