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Successful Fundraiser Held Sat Oct 3rd
Posted on Oct 5th, 2015 Comments (0)
The tiki god granted everyone’s wish for perfect weather at the second annual “Escape to the Tropics - Island LuWow” FOR fundraiser party on Sat Oct 3rd. The event was held on the east bank of the San Bernard River, which, after a libation or two, could be imaged as the warm, crystal clear tropical waters of an island paradise.
After a dinner of roasted pig, chicken, polynesian rice, yams, corn on the cob, pina colada cake and fresh fruit, a live auction was held with Jarrod Smith as the auctioneer. Dancing to the music of the Buster Curry Band closed out the evening.
FOR San Bernard thanks all of the sponsors and friends for their generous support and participation. FOR will continue to pursue its mission of stewardship for the San Bernard River watershed by continuing to offer programs such as river and road cleanups, River Ranger 5th grade watershed education, environmental education presentations, scholarships, advocating for opening the river mouth, and conservation easement. 
Mahalo!  (Hawaiian thank you) 
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A colorfully dressed crowd of nearly two hundred attended the event.
FOR president Tom Ronayne, wearing his still damp scuba gear, was the master of ceremony for the evening.
Roasted pig on the menu!
Pig presenters, Ken Wright, top left, Bob Bailey, hidden, Gary Kersh, left, and Charlie Pogue carry the roast pig to the serving table signaling the start of the "Escape to the Tropics - Island LuWow" fundraiser .
Linda Wright clangs the gong announcing the presentation of the roasted pig.
Upon arrival, island girls Riley and Madeline presented the welcoming leis to attendees. (Ana Pogue in the background) >> 
Fundraiser Newspaper Article 9-30-15
Posted on Sep 30th, 2015 Comments (0)
An article about the "Friends of the River annual fundraiser luau on deck" appeared on the front page of the Sept 30, 2015 newspaper. "Friends of the River San Bernard has found a winning theme for its only annual fundraising event, meaning member and guests will be grabbing their most fashionable floral print from their closets..." written by Andy Packard,
San Bernard Newspaper Article "Tracking Pollution"
Posted on Sep 27th, 2015 Comments (0)
An article about the San Bernard appeared on the front page of the Sunday, Sept 27, 2015 newspaper - "TRACKING POLLUTION - River residents say sewer plants pose little threat if regulations followed..." written by Erinn Callahan,
Annual Meeting River Update 9-19-15
Posted on Sep 21st, 2015 Comments (0)
In the slide presentation, shown in entirety below at the FOR annual meeting on Sat Sep 19, several types of structures were evaluated for keeping the mouth open after dredging. They ranged in cost from $28,000,000 to $86,000,000 and all would require maintenance dredging at a longer interval (4-12 years depending on the structure) but at the same or greater annualized cost of $1,000,000.
The proposed BP settlement and resulting funding from the RESTORE Act are much less than initially anticipated and will be spread over 15 years beginning in 2017. An application for these funds will be submitted as soon as TCEQ completes the process for doing so, but they will be insufficient to fund any of the structural solutions.
Dredging the mouth open will cost $6,000,000. Maintenance dredging will cost $2,500,000 and will need to be done every 2-3 years, for an annual maintenance cost of approximately $1,000,000 per year.
Dannenbaum Engineering and Brazoria County will continue to pursue options for alternate funding, and for the Corps of Engineers to assume the cost of maintenance dredging. The Corps currently has no jurisdiction over the channel to the mouth, and the previous dredging project (Feb 2009) was a one-time emergency effort to alleviate navigational issues on the Intracoastal Waterway.
In summary, the likely path forward is to dredge the mouth open and perform maintenance dredging at 2-3 year intervals. Source(s) and timing of funding for initial and maintenance dredging are still undetermined. Permitting should not be a hold up if and when funding is secured.
<< Chris Sallese, PMP, Special Projects Division, Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation gave the presentation concerning reopening the mouth at the FOR Sep 19th annual meeting.
Commissioner Dude Payne stated funding for dredging and maintenance may require partnering with other government agencies as well as private sources.>>
Note: click on the up/down arrows icon for larger view of slides. Press esc to exit.
Slide 18 - What is "WRRDA 2014, Section 7001". President Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 into law on June 10, 2014. WRRDA is the primary legislation by which Congress authorizes the Corps of Engineers’ key civil works missions, including navigation, flood risk management and environmental restoration. WRRDA is strictly an authorizing legislation; it does not include funding. The funding of WRRDA-authorized studies and projects is accomplished separately as part of the annual appropriations process.
TGLO Presentation 9-19-15
Posted on Sep 21st, 2015 Comments (0)

Allison Buchtien, Texas General Land Office Permit Service Center gave a presentation concerning permitting on the San Bernard at the FOR annual meeting on September 19, 2015. She will answer questions at 1.866.894.7664 or 409.741.4057
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
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