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She doesn’t look a day over 38
Posted on Jul 16th, 2018 Comments (0)
Photo Linda Wright
A deck hand stands just aft of the wheelhouse applying paint on the “yacht with a purpose” as it maneuvers under the Churchill Bridge.
The M/V George H. Thomas, was seen on the river, pushing an extra long barge filled with product from the Phillips 66 terminal located upriver. Barge traffic has resumed on the river since construction on the UPRR bridge is completed. 
 
The tugboat was built in 1980 by Lake Arthur Shipyard of Lake Arthur, Louisiana and named the Miss Shmaine for the Shepard Marine Corporation of Jennings, Louisiana.  Eight years later, in 1988, the tug was acquired by the Higman Barge Lines of Orange, Texas and renamed the George H. Thomas. 
 
In February of this year, the Kirby Corp. of Channelview, Tx purchased Higman company and the George H. Thomas, where she is supposed to be renamed the San Jacinto.
 
Powered by two, Cummins KTA19-M diesel engines. With Twin Disc reduction gears. She is a twin screw, square bow, push boat. Rated at 1,000 horsepower.
 
 
Easy Way to Report Pollution
Posted on Jul 15th, 2018 Comments (0)
During their last meeting, the FOR Environmental Committee had a suggestion for reporting pollution affecting the San Bernard River by using the Galveston Bay Action Network (GBAN), a mobile phone app. It is an easy and effective way to report any pollution you see across the four counties that touch Galveston Bay (Brazoria, Chambers, Harris, and Galveston Counties). These reports are automatically sent to the proper authority who can respond and clean it up. You can also use the GBAN website galvbay.org/gban to report problems.
The FOR Environmental Committee meets once a month to discuss ways to  protect the wetlands of our San Bernard River watershed, preserve the water quality, and enhance recreational usage and economic development consistent with resource protection of the river. If you would like to get involved, you're invited to attend the next meeting and find out what’s happenin’ on the river.         >>>
 
  • FOR San Bernard Environmental Committee Meeting
  • Thu Aug 2nd (always first Thursday of the month)
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Dido’s Restaurant on the river
 
 
July Water Quality Test on the San Bernard
Posted on Jul 13th, 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.
 
 
Train Crosses Rebuilt UPRR Bridge
Posted on Jul 11th, 2018 Comments (0)
This video, shot by FOR Director Bob Bailey, shows train crossing the newly constructed  UPRR bridge (mile 20.7)  on the river. Bridge opens to marine traffic on Thu July 12 at 0600.
 
 
2018 Fundraiser Rescheduled
Posted on Jul 9th, 2018 Comments (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Mark your calendar and save the date!!!
 
 
 
Note: Below is a video of Mark Murphy singing "Down St. Thomas Way" to help put you in the island mood. If your "equipment" is digitally challenged, you might be staring a a big black box and will have to use your imagination. 
 
Mouth Photo - July 6, 2018
Posted on Jul 7th, 2018 Comments (0)
Photo A. B. "Bert" Smith 7-6-18
Mouth of the San Bernard facing south toward the Gulf of Mexico. Waves break over a large shoal located just offshore from the beach.
 
The photo shows a boat sitting closer to the east bank, the  deeper part of the river, but it is still very shallow and caution should be used when traversing this part of the mouth.
 
Water can be seen flowing out to the Gulf but this area is extremely shallow and not navigable by boat. Walk to the Gulf!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
 
To view past web articles, click on "View Archives" on the right  >>>>>>
 

 

 
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