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Drilling Rigs on FM 506
Posted on Jan 30th, 2015 Comments (0)
Photo courtesy: Tom Folger,
Two headstones sit silently as three noisy Phillips 66 rigs drill saltwater disposal wells to a depth of 7,000 feet near FM 506 just west of the San Bernard. The finished wells will receive the salt water (brine) from the washing of the storage wells from the Clemens facility located downriver. The photo was taken on Jan 25 at the Mims Community Cemetery just off of FM 521. Phillips 66 drilling and pipeline construction
Update Scheduled on Hanson Riverside Co Park Boat Ramp
Posted on Jan 27th, 2015 Comments (0)
Hanson Riverside County Park
Breakfast on the Bernard 
Sat Feb 7, 2015 / 8:30 - 10:00 am / Dido’s Restaurant
Hear David Linder, Brazoria County Commissioner, Precinct 4 and Jason McCafferty, Superintendent Brazoria County Road & Bridge, discuss pending construction of the much needed public boat ramp on the San Bernard River at Hanson Riverside County Park, off of Hwy 35 between West Columbia and Sweeny. Hosted by Friends of the River San Bernard. The coffee’s hot and so’s the conversation. Breakfast $8, kids under ten eat free. Everyone's invited!
Ranger Program Held at Barrow Elementary
Posted on Jan 25th, 2015 Comments (0)
The four winners of the fishing rod and reels at Barrow Elementary School in Brazoria.      More photos
Gustavo Galinao
Gerardo Sanchez
Kayana Alexander
Sawyer Harknader
Friends of the River (FOR) San Bernard presented their River Ranger program to seventy-four fifth grade students in teacher Katie Brooker's science classes at Barrow Elementary in Brazoria on Jan. 22, 2015. The Ranger program is designed to raise student awareness about the San Bernard River watershed and its environmental concerns
Brochures were distributed that explore the river from its head waters to its mouth. Chairman Adalia Maudlin described the different points-of-interest along the way. Mike Goodson lead the discussion of the types of fish found in the San Bernard River with “mostly-true” fish stories added by the students. Last was an active, hands-on, marine knot-tying session where Ken Wright demonstrated the proper knots used in boating. Ranger t-shirts were given to each student and fishing rods were awarded to four lucky students whose names were drawn by teacher Katie Brooker.
Possible Problem for Reopening the Mouth
Posted on Jan 21st, 2015 Comments (0)
BP's fine for Deepwater Horizon spill could be less than anticipated
by Dale K. DuPont
Reprinted from WORKBOAT 1/19/2015
BP’s maximum penalty for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster could be $13.7 billion – about $4 billion less than anticipated and less than what the U.S. government wanted.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, New Orleans, ruled Jan. 15 that the disaster unleashed 3.19 million bbl. of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The government claimed a discharge of 4.19 million bbl., while BP estimated 2.45 million, court documents show.
The amount is critical because of the potential fine, which will be determined in the next phase of the trial expected to begin Tuesday, Jan. 20. Under the Clean Water Act (CWA) penalties of $1,100 bbl. can rise to $4,300 when the spill results from gross negligence.
...BP said in a statement that the court is required to consider a number of factors in calculating the fine including efforts to minimize the spill, the economic impact of the penalty on the company and “any history of certain types of prior violations…. BP believes that considering all the statutory penalty factors together weighs in favor of a penalty at the lower end of the statutory range.”

Postscript to WorkBoat article:
President Tom Ronayne says, "there will also be natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) fines possibly in the billions. Personally, I'm more concerned with how long the appeals and eventual funding will take than what the final number will be. It looks like Texas will have plenty to fund our $30-60MM mouth project."
Series of Educational Programs Planned
Posted on Jan 20th, 2015 Comments (0)
Six educational programs are planned again this year by the FOR San Bernard Board of Directors and Environmental Committee. Each will be free to the public, feature "subject matter experts" on the topics, and include plenty of question and answer time so that each participant gets the information he or she needs. 
  • “Gardening on the San Bernard”,
  • Sat. Feb 14, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, FOR Community Center  ​​
  • Speakers: Master Gardeners Jim Hillis and Ray Michalik
Celebrate V-Day by bringing your honey to hear of Jim Hillis' gardening successes and failures on the banks of the San Bernard. Ray Michalik will tell you about the type of citrus and fruit trees that are suitable for planting on the river and where they are available. 
  •  "Management Strategies for Fire ants and Tawny Crazy Ants”
  • Sat. Mar 14, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, FOR Community Center
  • Speaker: Dr. Fire Ant - Entomologist Paul Nester
Find out how to win the battle with fire ants. Dr. Nester is part of the Fire Ant Project Team of the Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management PlanTexas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University System. 
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.
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