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THE FACTS Viewpoint Article
Posted on Feb 11th, 2016 Comments (0)
"OUR VIEWPOINT: River dredging project worth it if it lasts" The editorial was written by Michael Morris, managing editor of The Facts
It is fair to question when a new proposal to dredge open the mouth of the San Bernard River for the second time in a decade is nothing more than an expensive invitation for history to repeat itself. To automatically conclude that is the case, however, isn’t fair to those who have spent the past few years putting together a plan they believe will provide a longer-term solution than the previous effort.
Brazoria County commissioners are leading this charge to seek money from the RESTORE Act — funded by fines paid by British Petroleum for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill — to pay for the project to clear the sediment that closed the river mouth. That is just one of the differences.
The proposed dredging this time will be done much further out than the initial project done in 2009. That should help prevent the silt that moves from the Brazos River from accumulating as quickly as last time.
State of the River Meeting Planned
Posted on Feb 10th, 2016 Comments (0)
Mark your calendar and don't miss the 11th annual State of the River meeting. FOR Committees will report on last year’s accomplishments and goals for the upcoming year. The annual Ralph Primeau Memorial Award will be presented.
Speaker is Steve Rosa, Emergency Management Coordinator, Brazoria County Office of Emergency Management
  • "State of the River" meeting
  • Sat 27 Feb 2016
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Dido's Restaurant
  • Public welcome and encouraged to attend
2016 San Bernard Watershed Scholarship Opportunity
Posted on Feb 6th, 2016 Comments (0)
2016 graduating Seniors living in or attending a high school within the San Bernard watershed can apply for a Friends of the River San Bernard Watershed Scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate a direct connection between their career path and the betterment of the environment.
FOR will be awarding six - $1,000 scholarships. All applications must be returned no later than April 15, 2016
If you have any questions, e-mail Fred Kanter, Scholarship Committee Chairman, at Contact Us (select Scholarships) or phone 979.482.6429.
Scholarship applications were submitted to these 14 high schools: Bellville, Brazos, Sealy, Brazosport, Columbia, Sweeny, Columbus, Rice, Lamar Consolidated, Needville, Boling, East Bernard, El Campo and Wharton.>>>
The Scholarship Program is funded by FOR San Bernard through their annual fund raising event. Thank you for your continued support.
  • Application deadline Fri 15Apr2016
THE FACTS Article on Support for the Mouth
Posted on Feb 6th, 2016 Comments (0)
"Support flows in for San Bernard"
By Erinn Callahan
Erinn Callahan is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0150
Support from local entities is flowing in as Brazoria County officials push toward a permanent fix to keep the mouth of the San Bernard River open.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Dude Payne said he has received letters of support from Dow Chemical Co., BASF Corp., all local chambers of commerce, the town of Quintana and virtually every city in the Brazosport area. Each is on board with the county’s grant request to fund the San Bernard River project and an unrelated endeavor to renovate and extend the Quintana pier.
Three of Brazoria County’s state legislators — Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton; Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Southside Place; and Rep. Ed Thompson, R-Pearland — also have written letters expressing support, Payne said. The county is seeking money for the projects through Restore Act grants, which are being funded by fines assessed for environmental damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Water Monitoring Stations on the River
Posted on Feb 3rd, 2016 Comments (0)
Monitoring Stations on the river:
1. H-GAC Monitoring Station #16370, FM 3013
2. TCEQ Monitoring Station #16373, US 90A, East Bernard 
3. Texas Stream Team Monitoring Site #80722, 16308 Jackson Rd, Sampled by volunteer Edith Smith
4. Texas Stream Team Monitoring Site #80770, Bates Allen Park, sampled by volunteer Newell Rambo
5. H-GAC Monitoring Station #20721, West Bernard Creek, Wharton, CR 225 east of Hungerford
H-GAC’s Water Information Map (WRIM) shows the data collected from over 450 monitoring locations throughout the region.
FOR volunteers Valroy Maudlin, Tim Logan and other San Bernard citizen scientists collect monthly water samples from the river and forward to H-GAC Texas Watch Clean Rivers program in cooperation with TCEQU.S. EPA and Texas State University Dept. of Geography. 
<< A closeup of the San Bernard with the names and locations of 15 monitoring stations. The test reports contain pH levels, temperature, dissolved oxygen levels, and other indicators of water quality.
6. Texas Stream Team Monitoring Site #80552, Tierra Grande Pack 1, volunteer Teressa Williams
7. TCEQ Monitoring Station #12147, Bridge at FM 442 SW of Needville
8. Texas Stream Team Monitoring Sites #80591, Twin Lakes
9. H-GAC Monitoring Station #20723, Mound Creek CR 450/Jackson Settlement Road, west of West Columbia
10. H-GAC Monitoring Station #20460, tidal at SH 35 SW of West Columbia
11. Texas Stream Team Monitoring Site #80514, CR 961, sampled by volunteer Bill Benson
13. Texas Stream Team Monitoring Site #81091, 11444 CR 631-A Rio Vista dock, sampled by FOR volunteer Tim Logan 
14. Texas Stream Team Monitoring Site #80510, Bernard Acres, inactive volunteer
15. Texas Stream Team Monitoring Site #80509, Fishermans Isle, sampled by volunteer Roy Jan Edwards
Seen on the River: M/V Jack Haskell
Posted on Jan 31st, 2016 Comments (0)
The M/V Jack Haskell, a Blessey Marine towboat built at Verret Shipyard in Plaquemine, La. and named for Blessey vice president Jack Haskell, was seen on the river Sun Jan 31 pushing a barge downriver filled with petroleum product collected from the Phillips 66 terminal located on the river.
The vessel measures 70 x 30 feet with a 10-foot, eight-inch maximum draft. She operates Cummins 6B 75 kw generators and Cummins K19 engines that produce 1,350 hp. It’s said that being a smaller boat with that engine combination, she performs more like an 1,800 or 2,000 hp. vessel thanks to a gearbox with a 7:1 reduction ratio. Normally, Blessey boats this size have a 6:1 ratio. Her stainless steel four-bladed props measure 72 x 58-inch. The vessel has accommodations for eight crew members. 
Captain of the vessel is Capt. Jarrott “Wewa” Strickland, gets his nickname from his hometown of Wewahitchka, Florida.
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
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