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NWS Hydrologist Meets with FOR
Posted on May 1st, 2015 Comments (0)
On April 30, 2015, a meeting was held with members of FOR and David C. Schwertz, Senior Service Hydrologist, Houston-Galveston Area National Weather Service Office, at the FOR Community Center. Mr. Schwertz is responsible for posting flood alerts and river level forecasts, which are prepared by the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) office in Ft. Worth, during potential flood conditions. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how the predictions affect residents on the river and how these predictions could be improved.  As a result of the meeting, Mr. Schwertz agreed to assist FOR in determining the feasibility of automating the river height gauge at the Sweeny Terminal (now read manually once a day), and/or replacing a now defunct gauge that once existed at SH 35. FOR also plans to meet with the USGS to evaluate how better real-time data could help to improve forecasts. –Bob Bailey
After the meeting, David Schwertz was treated to an exploratory boat ride on the river by Bob Bailey.
Seen on the River: M/V Sweeney
Posted on Apr 29th, 2015 Comments (0)
The M/V Sweeney (three eee’s) was seen today heading downriver from a earlier upriver delivery of a filled barge to the Sweeny (two ee's) Phillips 66 Refinery terminal on the river.
The towboat was built in 2014 by the Southwest Shipyard in Channelview, Tx and is owned by Higman Barge Lines in Houston. The twin screw towboat is 78’ long and 34’ breadth (width) powered by a 2,000-hp Cummins KTA38-M2 diesel engine and twin disc reduction gears 6.18:1. It has a gross tonnage of 222.
Second Annual Escape to the Tropics Fundraiser
Posted on Apr 27th, 2015 Comments (0)

This is the island call to the second annual FOR “Escape to the Tropics” fundraiser. It happens on Saturday, October 3rd under a party tent on the banks of the San Bernard. Don't miss it! More details on Fundraiser Page
Tidal Protection Strategy for San Bernard Mouth
Posted on Apr 26th, 2015 Comments (0)
Due to recent heavy rains, a muddy ICW flows past Cedar Lake (see map below for location) and murky Gulf of Mexico. Sargent, Tx is located to the west and the San Bernard River to the east. Photo take April 29, 2015
Photo: Albert Smith, Rio Vista
The National Spill Control School (NSCS), Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, received a grant through the General Land Office to develop a Tidal Inlet Protection Strategies (TIPS) Program for 22 tidal inlets along the Texas coast. The importance of this project is to help mitigate an off shore spill from reaching inland waters. The NSCS will develop strategies designed specifically for each inlet and its unique features.
Recently, as part of their research efforts, Brown Cedar Cut, Mitchell’s CutCedar Cut and San Bernard River Mouth (even though closed) were investigated. These four inlets are relatively remote tidal inlets along the coast and have a unique history of being opened and closed multiple times.
NSCS would like to hear from stakeholders about any concerns to oil spill response efforts on these four inlets, especially the San Bernard River mouth. These would be used to develop the most robust oil spill response strategies along the Texas coast
Email your remarks to:
National Spill Control School
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5850
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5850
Office Tel. +1 361.825.3861
Cell Tel. +1 281.702.268
Who must take a Boater Education Certification Course?
Posted on Apr 24th, 2015 Comments (1)
It’s the law…the Texas Boater Education Course is mandatory for boaters age 13-17, in order to operate any watercraft without being accompanied on board by someone at least 18 years of age.  Boaters under the age of 13 may operate a craft, but must always be accompanied by a person at least 18 years of age. 
A person at least 13 years of age and born on or after September 1, 1993 may operate without supervision only if he or she has passed a boater education course that is accepted by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, in the following vessels: 
  • A powerboat powered by a motor of more than 15 horsepower or …
  • A personal watercraft or …
  • A windblown vessel over 14 feet in length.
 A person less than 13 years of age may operate only if he or she is supervised by a person who:
  • Is 18 years of age or older and…
  • Can lawfully operate the watercraft and…
  • Is on board when the vessel is underway
Watch for information concerning a Boating Safety Education Course planned for Sat May 30 at the FOR Community Center. Details to follow.

ELI Discusses Gulf Restoration & Recovery Funding
Posted on Apr 22nd, 2015 Comments (0)
Currently, Dannenbaum Engineering is working on a grant application for RESTORE Act funds to dredge open the mouth and build protective jetties to keep it open. (No projects have been approved under the RESTORE Act yet.)

Past Web Articles
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