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Easter Egg Hunt Planned
Posted on Mar 17th, 2018 Comments (0)
Seventh Annual "Race for the Eggs"
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Sat Mar 31st, 11:00 am 
  • FOR Community Center, 20450 CR 510-B 
  • BYOB - bring your own basket or bag
Peter Rabbit has plans to arrive at the FOR Community Center to start the race for the Easter eggs. Two thousand filled eggs will be collected within minutes of the start signal. Don't be late - eggs go fast! 
Three age groups: 
2 and under - parent can accompany child
3 - 5 years old - parent can accompany child, if needed 
6 -12 years old - kids only, no adults please
March Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on Mar 16th, 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. 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)
Two forms are shown for comparison as the data collected from the two locations can vary.
“Write the Wrong” Planned for River by USACE
Posted on Mar 15th, 2018 Comments (0)
Here's a dozen reasons to "write the wrong" heard at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) public meeting Tue Mar 13, on their proposed modifications to the existing Brazos River Floodgates on the Intracoastal Waterway that will affect the San Bernard River and surrounding areas. (Also see "Mar 13, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Meeting, West Columbia" paragraph below in March Meeting Reports.)
Email your comments about the project in the link provided BRFG_CRL_FeasibilityStudy@usace.army.mil
Attn: Danny Allen, Environmental Compliance Branch, Regional Planning and Environmental Center
Deadline for public comments is April 11, 2018.
  • There was little or no knowledge of the project to open the mouth of the San Bernard, including the submission to the USACE on March 6 of the project plan that was revised to take into account the effects of Harvey.
  • All modelling studies were done assuming the mouth of the San Bernard would stay closed.
  • None of the studies on water flow and barge and gate collision rates done prior to and after the opening of the San Bernard in 2009 were considered in the feasibility study. 
  • The open mouth of the San Bernard would be transformed into a freshwater estuary rather than a saltwater estuary adversely affecting natural habitat.
  • The study stated that the mouth of the San Bernard had been opened and closed “several” times, but it has only happened twice. Maybe Cedar Lake and the San Bernard got mixed up.
  • The history of the relationship between the Brazos Diversion Channel and San Bernard River was ignored.
March Meeting Reports
Posted on Mar 14th, 2018 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. (use the "Contact Us" drop down list.)
  • Mar 3, Breakfast on the Bernard, Dido's Restaurant
It was the regular first-Sat-of-the-month breakfast, hosted by Friends of the River. Where the coffee's hot and so's the conversation about what's happenin' on the river. 
  • Mar 8, Sweeny Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet, Sweeny
FOR San Bernard was represented at the annual awards banquet by President Mike Goodson and wife Suzanne, Director Kevin Henry and wife Lucinda and Ken Wright. Kevin’s dad, Sweeny Police Chief John Barnard, won the Chamber’s “Man-of-the-Year” award. Not pictured is Director Gary Kersh and wife Sherrie and Director Linda Wright.
  • Mar 13, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Meeting, West Columbia 
Concerned friends of the river, plus two Brazoria County Commissioners, attended the USACE meeting regarding proposed modifications to the existing Brazos River Floodgates and Colorado River Locks. Most of the public discussion was voiced opposition to the Corps plan to remove the existing west flood gate on the Intracoastal Waterway and replace it with an open 125 ft. wide channel. The San Bernard is situated four miles west of the existing flood gate. Attendees suggested that USACE build new modeling studies of flow, sediment transport and velocity magnitude from data during the time the San Bernard mouth was open instead  of using data from the closed mouth as was done for this plan. The deadline for USACE project completion is approximately five years and the mouth will be open well before this date. 
THE FACTS Article Port Agrees to Split Maintenance Dredging Costs
Posted on Mar 10th, 2018 Comments (0)
“Port officials agree to split maintenance dredging costs in San Bernard River project".
Saturday, March 10, 2018  
By Erinn Callahan, erinn.callahan@thefacts.com
Erinn Callahan is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0150.
FREEPORT Brazoria County officials have gained a powerful industrial ally as they continue to push toward a permanent fix to keep the mouth of the San Bernard River open.
Port Freeport commissioners approved at a meeting Thursday a 25-year interlocal agreement to split the cost of future periodic maintenance dredging of the mouth of the San Bernard River, Port Executive Director and CEO Phyllis Saathoff said.
County commissioners are expected to vote on the agreement during their meeting Tuesday. County officials must submit a final application for Restore Act grant funds to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality by Friday, Precinct 1 Commissioner Dude Payne said.
Timeline of events on reopening the mouth
Posted on Mar 9th, 2018 Comments (0)
Photo Bert Smith, Rio Vista
Photo taken Dec 7, 2012 - closed after being dredged open in February, 2009.
This is a timeline of events on reopening the mouth starting in 2013 with the Brazoria County Commissioners resolution to reopen the mouth, to the latest March 8, 2018 event, where Port Freeport Commissioners voted to participate in helping financially with maintenance dredging of the mouth after it's been opened.
Hopefully, the next event posted in the timeline will be that of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) applying for and receiving RESTORE Act funds from the US Treasury, then awarding to Brazoria County Commissioners who start the project to dredge open the mouth. The Commissioners have been enormously important in getting this project done from start to finish. No date has been given as when that will happen.
Port Freeport Votes to Dedge Mouth
Posted on Mar 8th, 2018 Comments (0)
Wonderful news concerning the mouth.

Port Freeport Commissioners unanimously voted today to help finance maintenance dredging of the mouth once it is open. Talks continue with prospective industry partners as well. The cost will likely be split among the county and several others. If an open mouth becomes part of whatever fix is chosen for the Brazos west gate, the Corps of Engineers should be expected to chip in, too.
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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