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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 suggested as answers to questions asked at the annual Friends of the River public meeting on Saturday, September 17.
  • 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.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts Helps Community
Posted on Sep 7th, 2017 Comments (0)
UPDATE: Kevin Henry reported at the FOR annual meeting on Sat Sep 16 that a total of 10,00 meals were served, $7,500 cash raised, and 50 volunteers showed up every day to help. Congratulations for a job well done! Also congratulations being elected as a Director to the Friends of the River San Bernard organization!
<< Top photo:
Kevin Henry (red shorts) stands with food volunteers. Fried chicken is on the menu tomorrow (Fri) provided by Friends of the River SB.
<< Middle photo:
Stacks of hot food stand ready for the asking.
<< Bottom photo:
Clothing and donations are located inside the old McCoy's building.
Kevin Henry poses with students from Sweeny, Brazoswood and West Columbia High Schools who are helping in the Donation Drive building.
Bottom Photo:
Selecting items from the well supplied clothing tables.
The sign in front of the old McCoy's building on CR 521, half mile east of the McNeil bridge over the San Bernard, says "Bottom Dollar" but the bargains are free!. Inside the building, prospective FOR board member, Kevin Henry, has arranged a donation collection site of nonperishable food items, toiletries, baby items and clothes for men, women, children and infants, linens, cleaning supplies and household items. Outside, free hot meals are provided. Times are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and will be at that location for the next few days. Updates as they come.
Posted on Sep 6th, 2017 Comments (0)
Message from FOR President :
Due to the overwhelming events we have faced and are still facing, we should look at moving the FOR Sat October 7th event.
We will announce a new date soon based on the overall health and well- being of our community. It may be a healing party. Thanks for all the support we have received so far. 
– Mike Goodson
Editor’s note: In the early 1990’s, in what was described as a 100-year flood, happened on the San Bernard River. Now, what is classified as a 500-year flood is draining from the watershed. These are described as such, despite the fact that there are no detailed river records going back to 1017 AD. If the next flood is to be a 1,000-year flood, we should all start building our ark now but certainly having the mouth open would immensely help draining of the flood waters after the event.
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
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