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June Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on Jun 16th, 2018 Comments (0)
Only one test is available this month due to illness of volunteer tester
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.
COE Public Notice Regarding Dredging Mouth
Posted on Jun 13th, 2018 Comments (0)
US Army Corps of Engineers
District Engineer
Galveston Dist.
ICYMI (in case you missed it) here is a portion of the March 6, 2018, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Notice regarding dredging open the mouth of the San Bernard River... 
“PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes to perform hydraulic dredging to restore and maintain the mouth of the San Bernard River. Approximately 400,000 cubic yards of material would be dredged within approximately 9,600 linear feet of the waterway to a depth of -10 Mean Low Tide. The channel bottom would be 100 feet in width. The total proposed dredging footprint is 28.51 acres. Suitable sand material would be discharged into the surf zone for down shore beach nourishment. Material not suitable for beach nourishment would be transported inland and properly disposed of at an upland site or approved landfill; the location of the upland disposal site is to be determined at a later date. The applicant also proposes future maintenance dredging in order to keep the mouth of the San Bernard River open to the Gulf of Mexico.”
Read the entire Public Notice. Comment period expired April 5, 2018.
ICYMI in the Wed Jun13 article about the Brazos west flood gate projectTHE FACTS newspaper stated three reasons to keep the mouth open:
1. Prevent flooding problems for residents along the San Bernard
2. Silting issues near Port Freeport
3. Navigation problems for shippers on the waterway
Union Pacific RR Advisory - Closure Notice
Posted on Jun 12th, 2018 Comments (0)
Closure notice of UPRR bridge (mile 20.7) under construction on river.
Bridge will be closed to through marine traffic Fri July 6 at 0600 through Thu July 12 at 0600.
Litter Picked Up Along FM 2611
Posted on Jun 11th, 2018 Comments (0)
Photos Barbara Pudlo
A big thank you to FOR volunteers who collected highway litter along FM 2611.                                    
Kathy MacDonald sports a solar powered cap worn while picking up trash.
Despite hot temperatures, eight FOR volunteers picked up someone’s carelessly tossed litter along a two mile stretch of FM 2611 Churchill Bridge on Sat Jun 9, 2018. Twenty-one bags of trash were filled. Volunteers included Adopt-a-Highway Chairman Mike Pudlo, Barb Pudlo, Lynette Nagler, Jack Jack Muskopf, Cathy MacDonald, Tim Logan, Jane Logan and Fred Kanter. Pct 4 Deputy Constable Glenn Whisenant from Constable Brawner’s office provided the safety alert to motorists along the pickup area. Picking up litter along this area keeps the San Bernard looking beautiful! 
Texas Boater Education Course Offered
Posted on Jun 8th, 2018 Comments (0)
The FOR San Bernard Environmental Committee is hosting a boating safety course, the third program of the 2018 series of environmental subjects held at the FOR Community Center.
USCG Auxiliary Texas Boater Education Course
Sat Jun 23, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Facilitators Brian & Cindy Meagher
Phone number 979-798-8081
or email brianandcindy@scooterspice.com
Pre-registration is required for classes, use link supplied >>
IT’S THE LAW that a person who is born on or after September 1, 1993 may not operate a boat in Texas Waters WITHOUT SUPERVISION unless he or she has PASSED a Texas Boater Education Course and is greater than 13yrs of age. This includes the following vessels - a powerboat powered by a motor of more than 15 horsepower, a personal watercraft (jet ski) or a windblown vessel over 14 feet in length.
The class is designed for adults, but middle school and high school kids do fine.  Class is limited to first 20 people who sign up. 
Class fee is an online payment for $35 and includes the Texas Safe Boating card cost to Texas Parks & Wildlife for those passing the USCG Aux test at the end of class. Lunch is included.
Students will need to use the following link to register for the class on the TPWD (TX Parks & Wildlife) site and pay online:
"July 4th Boat Parade” on Jun Sat 30th
Posted on Jun 7th, 2018 Comments (0)
3:30 pm - Lineup just above 
the FM 521 bridge
4:00 pm - Parade start
Sat June 30, 2018
Open to all water vessels
Wave the red, white and blue and
show your pride in America.
New this year is a wake boarding demonstration leading
the boat parade. Have your cow bells ready to show your
appreciation, that is, if there is anyone left not entered
in the boat parade.
Join this fun and wacky Fourth of July Boat parade on Sat Jun 30th. If you own a bass boat, dinghy, pontoon, runabout, center console, ski boat, jon boat, cabin cruiser, canoe, bow rider, patrol boat, sampan, paddleboat, yacht, lifeboat, jet ski or maybe something not mentioned that floats, then you qualify to participate in this impromptu holiday parade on the San Bernard. All you need to do is show up and show off your red, white and blue decorations. Parade entrants make plans to gather at the FM 521 bridge at 3:30 pm for the 4:00 pm start. Please observe boating safety rules.
Parade starts at the FM 521 bridge and ends at the FM 2611 Churchill bridge. If you are not located on the parade route, bring a lawn chair and go to the Friends of the River Community Center, 20450 CR 510-B, a mile south of the FM 521 bridge. Watch the parade from there!
Compare Mouth Photos - Jun 3, 2018 vs Jun 3, 2017
Posted on Jun 4th, 2018 Comments (0)
Compare the two photos. The top one was taken on June 3, 2018, the bottom one taken a year earlier on June 3, 2017.
>>> Showing the effects of Hurricane Harvey, the river inches it way over a sand-clogged mouth to the Gulf. Use caution in this area - not navigable by boat.  
Photo A. B. "Bert" Smith, 6-3-18
>>> A year earlier, on June 3, 2017, before Hurricane Harvey flood waters temporarily blew open the plugged mouth, the river meanders to the west trying to find a way to the Gulf.
Photo A. B. "Bert" Smith, 6-3-17
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
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