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FOR Gardening Program Held
Posted on Aug 12th, 2018 Comments (0)
The FOR Environmental Committee's fourth 2018 public education program was held on Sat Aug 11th at the FOR Community Center. Twenty-five interested gardeners attended. Next program scheduled is the "Birds of the Bernard & More" on Sat Sep 15th, 10 am - noon. Public invited. FREE!
Speaker Brazoria County Master Gardener &  Earth-Kind® Landscape Specialist Sandy Hurst
To create a beautiful successful garden and landscape, Brazoria County Master Gardener &  Earth-Kind® Landscape Specialist Sandy Hurst suggested preplanning on paper, soil preparation, plant selection, maintenance and mulching. Using “Texas Super Stars” plant selection will give good results. A local source for native plants is the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory on 299 West Hwy 332, Lake Jackson. Plants are located in the fenced area behind the main building.
Speaker Brazoria County Master Gardner Jim Hillis
Brazoria County Master Gardner Jim Hillis uses gypsum and epsom salt as the key ingredients to improve damaged soil impacted by flooding or watering with saline well water. Adding gypsum removes sodium in soil and replaces it with calcium and sulfur, which help boost plant growth.  Applying epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) to plants with yellow and dull looking leaves, which often means the plant is lacking the necessary nutrients magnesium or sulfur, helps speed up plant growth, increase a plants nutrient uptake, increase flavor of fruit and veggies, plus increase the output of vegetation and improve overall plant health.
Door prizes were plentiful at the gardening program. Two lucky winners each won a bag of gypsum and epsom salt. Ten winners went home with a Texas Super Star plant and ripe and ready vegetables were there for the picking by attendees. It was a great program!
Reason to wear Hawaiian shirt by Homer Simpson
Posted on Aug 10th, 2018 Comments (0)
Ok, party animals it’s time to start planning on what you will wear to the 2018 FOR Fundraiser "Party in ParrotDise"
Sat Oct 6, 2018, 6:00 pm.
Dress code - tacky tourist-in-Paradise duds
Music, meal, live auction
Tickets can be purchased online:
Yes, I'm interested in becoming a Sponsor.
Commissioner Linder gives Mouth Update at Breakfast
Posted on Aug 4th, 2018 Comments (0)
These two exhibits were part of the Texas General Land Office Coastal Surface Lease Agreement (read the complete agreement, starts on pg 13) presented at Commissioners’ Court of Brazoria County on July 10, 2018. Timeline 2013 till present.
Box at lower right says, “Note: Total dredge footprint is 28.51 acres. Material dredged from proposed channel ±400,000 cy.”
Red circles indicate “no work area piping plover area"
Brazoria County Commissioner David Linder, Pct. 4 stated at “Breakfast on the Bernard” on Sat Aug 4, that Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) should get funded to dredge open the mouth by the fourth quarter of this year and unless there are unforeseen events, dredging should start the first part of next year. 
River residents owe a debt of gratitude to the four Brazoria County Commissioners, Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta and to all the southern Brazoria County officials for the work done on reopening the mouth of the San Bernard and the attention they showed to the victims of Hurricane Harvey devastation. The best way to show your loyalty is at the polls in November.
Note: See more of RESTORE funding in "RESTORE Act 'Bucket 1' Update" below.
RESTORE Act "Bucket 1" Update
Posted on Jul 31st, 2018 Comments (0)
“Bucket 1” 
Update June 2018
“With the acceptance by Treasury of the Texas MIP, Commissioner Baker has directed staff to begin federal applications for 23 of the 26 projects listed in the accepted Multiyear Implementation Plan or MIP 
(click on link and scroll to page 1 after Commissioner Baker's letter. The first eligible activity listed is the Lower San Bernard River Eco System)                 
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Those applications for grant awards are expected to be submitted to Treasury for their approval beginning in mid to late summer.
 Due to on-going payments into the federal RESTORE Trust Fund, approximately $97 million is currently available to Texas for MIP-accepted projects. Projects moving forward to the application phase were selected by Commissioner Baker using his discretionary authority and in consultation with the Office of the Governor. Factors that were considered included whether the projects (1) strengthen coastal resiliency, (2) stimulate local coastal economies, (3) increase tourism, and (4) establish a foundation for future economic and ecosystem restoration through careful planning and study. 
Consideration was also given to projects that had a strong economic component in addition to ecological restoration. Finally, these projects were also selected to provide funding for as many RESTORE eligible counties as possible, as well as to ensure a cross-section of projects that addressed as many of the RESTORE eligible activities as possible.”
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
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