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May Meeting Reports
Posted on May 22nd, 2015 Comments (0)
These reports are a way to let the public know what FOR’s been up to. It’s also a way that someone can determine if there is any way they’d like to get involved in things. Please contact FOR if you are interested. (Select Volunteer on the "Contact Us" drop down list.)
  • May 2, Breakfast on the Bernard, Dido's Restaurant
Thirty people attended the regular first-Saturday-of-the-month Breakfast on the Bernard, hosted by Friends of the River SB. They ate breakfast, heard FOR announcements, and listened to river scuttle-butt.
  • May 21, President speaks to Rotary Club, Lake Jackson
FOR President Tom Ronayne was the guest speaker at the Texas Gulf Coast After Five Rotary Club meeting at the Wurst Haus Restaurant on Thursday, May 21.
May Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on May 22nd, 2015 Comments (0)

Valroy Mauldin, FOR Director and citizen scientist monitor takes water samples each month midway between the FM 521 bridge and the FM 2611 bridge for the Texas Stream Team program. 
Measurement Comments and Field Observations for May: Water level still higher than normal, muddy and fresh.  Have had a lot of rain in the last few weeks. > View May's report  > View past year's reports
Beans, Beans and more Beans
Posted on May 18th, 2015 Comments (0)
The rain paused long enough at the annual Brazoria “No Name Festival”, on Sat May 16th, for the Friends of the River SB “Taste Buds” team members to judge 24 entries of cook-off beans. Spoonfuls of cooked beans were sampled and scored for appearance, aroma, taste and tenderness. The only requirement for being a FOR “Taste Bud” team member is a healthy appetite and a sense of adventure. Burp!
“Taste Buds” team members who are full of beans are, left, Vanessa Taylor, Valroy Maudlin, Tom Ronayne, Adalia Maudlin, Ange Ronayne, Barbara Pudlo, Ken Wright, Linda Wright, and Mike Pudlo. Not pictured is Tom Lyles.
Barge has minor collision with dock
Posted on May 16th, 2015 Comments (0)
Around 11:00 p.m. last night (Fri May 15), Bill and Nancy Long heard a towboat change engine speed on the river near their house located about three-quarters of a mile upriver from the FM 521 McNeill bridge. As long time residents of the river, they are familiar with the sounds of the towboats as they pass by their house. Nancy said when she hear the noise she went to check. The barge, traveling downriver, had slid past the dock and snapped off a portion of a 2 x 12 beam protruding from the upper portion of the dock. Luckily, that was the only damage done.
The Longs were soon contacted by Cindy Jordy, Phillips 66 Environmental Team Leader and an independent surveyor from Higman Barge Lines, owners of the tugboat regarding the incident.
FOR Scholarship Winners Announced
Posted on May 13th, 2015 Comments (0)
The Scholarship Program is funded by FOR San Bernard through their fund raising events. Thank you for your continued support.
The FOR San Bernard Watershed Scholarship Program is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Scholarship Program. Six $1000 scholarships were awarded to seniors graduating from high schools within the San Bernard Watershed (Bellville, Boling, Brazos, Brazosport, Columbia, Columbus, East Bernard, El Campo, Lamar Consolidated, Needville, Rice, Sealy, Sweeny, and Wharton.)
Congratulations 2015 Scholarship Winners:
  • Matthew Garcia Wharton HS
  • Kristy Lynn Janak El Campo HS
  • Nicholas Logan Sweeny HS
  • Anthony Novosad Needville HS
  • Jennifer Rubio Columbia HS
  • Courtney Steed Sweeny HS
Scholarship presentations will be made at the respective schools award ceremony.  
2015 FOR Scholarship Winners Bios
Boating Safely on the San Bernard
Posted on May 5th, 2015 Comments (1)
FOR Environmental Committee Program No. 3
  • “Boating Safely on the San Bernard River"
  • USCG Auxiliary Boat Safety Course and No Fault Safety Inspection of Boats
  • May 30, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • FOR San Bernard Community Center
  • Pre-registration required for classes only 
  • Contact: Ken Wright 979.236.3582 or email
Safe boating is fun boating. From the person on the personal watercraft, the fisherman in an outboard, a wake boarder behind a wakeboat or the skipper in a family cruiser. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is holding a boater education course. Topics include boating law, safety equipment, rules of the road, hunting and fishing, water-skiing, river boating and other boating tips.
It’s the law… a person at least 13 years of age or born on or after September 1, 1993 may operate WITHOUT SUPERVISION ONLY if he or she has PASSED a boater education course, 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
Kids are welcome. The test is designed for adults, but middle school and high school kids do fine. Younger kids could come with a parent and just sit in, and decide at the end of the day whether they want to try the test.
An on-site boat safety inspection is also planned on the same day. You do not have to take the boating safety class to have your boat inspected. Folks can trailer in their boats for a no-cost, no-fault safety inspection or come by water to the FOR Community Center dock. There is no fine or penalty for not passing, the boat owner gets a checklist of what needs to be corrected, and the USCG AUX will then arrange to complete the inspection at a later date. 
Class fee is $25 payable to U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and $15 for each additional family member. The Texas Safe Boating card, $10 payable to Texas Parks & Wildlife for those passing the USCG Aux test at the end of class. Lunch is free donated by Friends of the River San Bernard.
Sargent Tournament of Heroes
Posted on May 4th, 2015 Comments (0)
June 26 - 28, 2015
To participate contact:
Elaine Concklin, CPA, CGMA
Mobile: (713) 899-0702
>> View Tournament of Heroes Flyer
Sargent, Tx will once again be hosting about 100 combat wounded soldiers/family members from several Warrior Transition Battalions this year.  These soldiers will fish as their guests in the 9th annual Tournament of Heroes. The Sargent Community has once again stepped up to host and fish these soldiers/family members.
Event Schedule:
  • Thu June 25 – Soldiers arrive. Dinner at Caney Creek RV Park
  • Fri June 26 – Registration and dinner at Jay's Chili Joint (formerly the Iron Cactus) 4:00 pm - Soldiers arrive escorted by the Matagorda County Cavalry. Special dinner plates sold to nonmilitary attendees. Hosts and Guides will be matched up. Captain's Meeting after dinner.
  • Sat June 27 – Tournament fishing weigh-In at VFW, time TBA. Presentations, dinner, and auction afterwards at Sargent VFW Post 2412 - open to the public, please come out and show your support!
  • Sun June 289:00 -11:00 am breakfast at  Sargent Volunteer Fire Department . "Patriots and Heroes Outdoors" will transport Soldiers home.
FOR San Bernard has volunteered to get beans donated from Bay City Sheriff's Dept., provide 25 kid's fishing poles and help decorate the Sargent VFW Post 2412 on Fri Jun 26
>>> Boat Captains are needed. A Captain's meeting will be held at Jay's Chili Joint on Friday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. Anyone interested in hosting their boat for this event, please fill out this form and forward it to Elaine Concklin within the next two weeks.
Past Web Articles
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