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February Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on Feb 18th, 2018 Comments (0)
H-GAC Texas Stream Team volunteers Valroy Maudlin and Tim Logan, using a test kit, measure the physical and chemical parameters of San Bernard River at two locations along the river. Valroy tests off his pier at CR 496, 1.6 miles upstream from the Churchill BridgeTim Logan tests off his dock at Rio Vista, 4.5 miles downstream from the Churchill Bridge. Both tests are done on the same day at the same time each month.
The test reports the pH level, salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen and turbidity of the water. On March 2017, a bacterium enteroccocus test was added, conducted through a partnership with Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF)
The two forms are shown for comparison as the data collected from the two locations can vary.
TXGLO Works its Way Up River
Posted on Feb 16th, 2018 Comments (0)
Photos Fred Kanter
Texas General Land Office crews continue working their way up the San Bernard clearing the river of Hurricane Harvey sunken trees and trash. They are currently located midway between the FM 521 bridge to the north and the FM 2611 Churchill Bridge to the south, today Fri Feb 16.
Plans are to remove debris starting at the Intracoastal Waterway heading north to Hwy 35. Trash is dumped into humongous size trash trucks and carted off to land fills. Scroll down to see two more photos of GLO at work.
Photo Mike Goodson
Fifteen Years of San Bernard River Levels
Posted on Feb 15th, 2018 Comments (0)
Graph by Bob Bailey
The graph shows a fifteen-year record of river levels on the San Bernard. Data came from the Phillips 66 terminal located two miles downstream from FM 522. The red line indicates a level of 20 feet where the river has crested over seven times in the last twenty years. Click here for larger of version of graph.
Eileen Kenneda, a member of the 2006 FOR Organizing Committee (OC) started keeping the first records. She used it for determining the water level at their dock in Smith Estates with the level at the Phillips 66 terminal so as to know when to get their boat lifted or out of the water. Since only a couple of days of info appeared online, she entered it on an Excel spreadsheet and updated every few days or the data was lost.
At the first open meeting of the OC, Eileen requested volunteers to maintain the spreadsheet. FOR Director Bob Bailey, who lives in the Lazy Oak Ranch area, volunteered and thus started his involvement with FOR. He now serves as Treasurer.
Today, there is usually 9 to 10 days data available from the Sweeny terminal. In the future, historical data will be available from the new Hwy 35 gauge. Bob makes notes during river rises to correlate the level at his dock with the reading at Sweeny.  
The flood gauge on Hwy 35 bridge and San Bernard transmits river level data that you can receive at  USGS Current Conditions San Bernard near Sweeny. Help in receiving automatic readings of data from this site can be found on the National Water Information System: Help System.
“We are gonna give it hell until it's open!”
Posted on Feb 11th, 2018 Comments (0)
“We are gonna give it hell until it's open!” 
 –Heard at the Feb 10th “State of the River” meeting, Brazoria County Commissioner David Linder referring to the San Bernard
Mike Goodson
FOR President
It was a packed house of 125 interested friends of the San Bernard who attended the two-hour, fact-filled,“State of the River” program on Sat Feb 10th at Dido’s Restaurant. Two Brazoria County Commissioners and three representatives from Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), National Weather Service (NWS) and the Texas General Land Office (TXGLO) presented facts, figures and forecasts of past and future events that have happened and will happen on the river.
All photos Tom Folger, folgerstudios.com
Dude Payne
Brazoria County
Precinct 1
Brazoria County Commissioners Payne and Linder stated at the meeting that the estimated cost of reopening the mouth of the San Bernard is $10.7 million. Money to finance the project comes from the federal RESTORE Act's Texas Multi-Year Implementation Plan (MIP) received in December of last year. The Commissioners feel favorably the project, first on the list of 26 MIP projects will be selected. A definite timeline of reopening of the mouth has not been set.
Tentative plans include dredging 1,800 ft out into the Gulf and making a turn to the southwest, rather than straight out as was done in 2009. The channel would be 100 yds wide and 10 ft deep. No jetties are proposed in the plan but rather maintenance dredging every two to three years with the assistance of industrial partners such as Port Freeport and Phillips 66.
Public comments concerning restoring the mouth of the San Bernard River or problem-causing effects of the hurricane, are being accepted by the Commissioners. Continued support is both needed and greatly appreciated. 
Send your emails to:  
David Linder
Brazoria County
Precinct 4
Justin Bower
Senior Environmental Planner
Houston-Galveston Area Council
 Justin discussed the San Bernard River Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) that was started in 2009. WPPs address the causes and sources of pollution in watersheds and gives local decision makers the tools necessary to improve water quality in the region.
In 2017, the WPP was approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Katie Landry
Senior Service Hydrologist
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston
Katie spoke of the challenges of forecasting the extreme amount of Hurricane Harvey rainfall and where the massive amount of flooding it produced was heading.
Coastal Biologist, Texas General Land Office
Manager of debris removal on San Bernard
Tara reported as of Sat Feb 10th, the Texas General Land Office (TXGLO) had cleared four to five miles of river below the Churchill Bridge of approximately 10,000 cubic yards of sunken trees and hazardous trash, a result of Hurricane Harvey. GLO has figured a total amount of 30,000 cubic yds of trash will be removed from the river stretching from Hwy 35 to the Intracoastal. A high water tidal mark (highest elevation of floodwaters) is used for removal of debris below that mark.
Due to the extreme accumulation of sand along the river banks, it was asked if bulkheads can be moved. Answer: No. Can the sand be pushed back into the river from private canals or property such as those in Bernard Acres that are plugged with sand and mud? Answer: No, GLO can not touch the sand or mud and considers post-hurricane flood conditions existing along the river to be a “natural river dynamic" whose destiny lies in the hands of Mother Nature not GLO's. 
If you have a specific need for government assistance of problem-causing effects of the hurricane, email the Commissioners listed above. 
Marie Breakiron
2018 Ralph Primeau
Memorial Award Winner
Marie Breakiron was the recipient of the 2018 Ralph Primeau Memorial Award in recognition of her outstanding volunteer commitment for significantly contributing toward the spirit and purpose of FOR.
Marie has served as President, Vice President, Secretary and Director. She has participated on the Scholarship, Community Center, River Clean Team, Fundraiser, Merchandise and Management Committeeees.
She has participated in the annual boat parade and assisted in the river volunteer database, the fishing tournament, barbecue judging, Migration Celebration, CPR public education program, Progressive Dinner and the Easter Egg Hunt. Lastly, she has written articles for the website.
End of meeting note: Gil Rasco of  Brazoria Telephone (BTEL) announced repairs to the hurricane damaged company’s infrastructure is in progress. BTEL trucks will be in your area hooking up fiber cable that will deliver better broadband data transmission to your home. He stated that this will increase your home’s resell value since home buyers are now asking for high-speed internet when buying a home…that is, after the sheet rock gets reinstalled!
TXGLO Removes Debris From River
Posted on Feb 7th, 2018 Comments (0)
A trash barge piled high with river debris from the lower region of the San Bernard River, jockeys into position at the Churchill Bridge  to begin unloading on Wed Feb 7th.
Texas General Land Office crews  unload a trash barge into a waiting trash truck.
Read Tara Whittle, GLO speaker at the "State of the River" meeting, discuss GLO plans for river debris removal. 
Article above.
Photos Linda Wright
2018 San Bernard Watershed Scholarship Opportunity
Posted on Dec 15th, 2017 Comments (0)
2018 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
Completed applications must be returned between February 1st and April 15th, 2018.
If you have any questions, e-mail Fred KanterScholarship Committee Chairman, at Contact Us (select Scholarships on the drop down list) or phone 979.482.6429.
Scholarship applications will be submitted to these 14 high schools: Bellville, Brazos, Sealy, Brazosport, Columbia, Sweeny, Columbus, Rice, Lamar Consolidated, Needville, Boling, East Bernard, El Campo and Wharton.>>>
The Scholarship Program is funded by FOR San Bernard through their annual fund raising event. Thank you for your continued support.
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
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