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Seen at Brazoria County Day in Austin, Texas
Posted on Mar 4th, 2015 Comments (0)
Friends of the River San Bernard attended the Legislative Session of the Texas Senate during Brazoria County Day in Austin, Texas on March 3, 2015. They were there to mingle with the legislators and to talk about the San Bernard.

In addition to visiting legislators at the Capitol, members of the Environmental Committee drove to the offices of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to discuss details of the FOR SB Conservation Easement located on the east bank of the San Bernard in Fort Bend County.
A special event at Brazoria County Day was the “World’s Largest Shrimp Cocktail” served at Fiesta Gardens in Austin, TX.
Tom Ronayne, FOR President, and Ange Ronayne prepare to dig into a boat load of freshly boiled shrip. 
Attending the Legislative Session were, left, Marilyn ShockleyNick and Barbara Fratila, FOR Environmental Committee Chairman. Partially seen above them was Adalia and Valroy Maudlin, FOR Director.
Also attending the session were, left, Ange RonayneVicki Head, FOR Director, Wayne Head, Past FOR President, and Tom Ronayne, current FOR President. Also in attendance but not shown, Brian Jones, FOR Director and Brazoria County Court Judge Jerri Lee Mills.
Goodson receives 2015 Primeau Memorial Award
Posted on Mar 1st, 2015 Comments (0)
Suzanne Goodson received the 2015 Primeau Memorial trophy awarded annually to the person whom FOR feels has significantly contributed toward the spirit and purpose of the FOR mission. It was given at the February 28, 2015 “State of the River” meeting.
Suzanne was a FOR Director for two terms (six years), Vice President for four years and chairman of the Nomination Committee for a year. She was on the Fundraising Committee helping organize the event for five years and also served as chairman of the Auction. She was on the Logo Committee for four years and is currently co-chair of the Community Center in charge of renting and clean up.
Suzanne has prepared and submitted two grant proposals for Community Center upgrades and serves as substitute webmaster when needed. Her additional volunteer activities include Salvation Army Bell Ringer and has composed State of River meeting Power Points presentations. She also actively participates in the many FOR events. Congratulation, Suzanne!
Suzanne Goodson, left, and Arlene Primeau, president of the former San Bernard Foundation, a 1999 grass roots SBR citizen activist group organized by Ralph Primeau for whom the award is named. >>
Photo credit: Tom Folger 
State of the River Meeting
Posted on Mar 1st, 2015 Comments (0)
David C. Schwertz
Senior Service Hydrologist
Houston-Galveston Area National Weather Service Office.
Flood information for the river can be found at the bottom of the home page at the NOAA Hydrological link.
A full house heard FOR Committees report on their 2014 activities at the 10th annual "State of the River" meeting on Sat Feb 28, 2015. 
The speaker was Dave Schwertz who has been with the National Weather Service since 1982 and is Senior Service Hydrologist for the Houston-Galveston Area National Weather Service since February 1992. In this capacity he developed and now leads the hydrology program for the Houston-Galveston Office. Much of his work relies on computers for organizing, summarizing and analyzing masses of data, and for modeling studies such as the prediction of flooding.
Flood Gauges on the San Bernard
1. Hwy 90, East Bernard; 2. Near Boling; 3. Pan American Rd, south of FM 522 Black’s Ferry Bridge, Sweeny and is used to measure water levels for Phillips 66 barge traffic. It came as a surprise to Mr. Schwertz that the San Bernard is as populated as it is in the lower reaches of the river. If an additional flood gauge were to be installed below the #3 flood gauge, cost would be in the $20,000 with a yearly maintenance expense of $1,000.
When predicting flood levels, the NWS monitors both water flow as well as water heights, both factors to be considered since the river mouth is closed.
Photo credit: Tom Folger, additional photos can be found at
War on Fire Ants Continues
Posted on Mar 1st, 2015 Comments (0)
Did you know that species in Canada produce their own anti-freeze to survive at below -4º, while the desert ants of the Sahara forage in searing 140º heat?
FOR Environmental Committee Series of Educational Programs
  • Management Strategies for Fire Ants and Tawny Crazy Ants
  • Saturday, March 14
  • 10:00 am - 12 noon
  • FOR Community Center
Attack the red imported fire ants in your yard before they attack you. Arm yourself for battle by attending the FOR Environmental Committee’s second educational program “Management Strategies for Fire Ants and Tawny Crazy Ants.”
We welcome back “Dr. Fire Ant”, Dr. Paul Nestor, Entomologist with Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service, part of the Fire Ant Project Team of the Texas Imported Fire Ant Plan. He’ll share methods that are both effective in controlling the pests and safe for people, pets, and our river.
Public invited. Door prizes. Best of all it’s FREE!
Found Department
Posted on Feb 23rd, 2015 Comments (0)
Anyone lose a barnacle-encrusted 12' Lowe's jon boat? One was fetched out of the San Bernard this weekend  and is now leaning against a tree in a yard north of FM 521. Look for a double boathouse on the river with blue siding. Call Steve at 281.224.0419.
2015 San Bernard Watershed Scholarship Opportunity
Posted on Jan 12th, 2015 Comments (0)
2015 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, 2015Scholarship requirements and Application Form 
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.
Application deadline is Wed Apr 15, 2015
The Scholarship Program is funded by FOR San Bernard through their annual fund raising event. Thank you for your continued support.
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (0)
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