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Status of Santa's Workshop
Posted on Dec 15th, 2018 Comments (0)
Merry Christmas from
Friends of the River San Bernard
Santa’s workshop was founded in 1773 at the North Pole by Kris Kringle. Kris, CEO and creator of the workshop, started it after learning of the generosity of Saint Nicholas, bishop of a small town in Turkey who lived during the fourth century 301-400 BC. Bishop Saint Nicholas was neither fat nor jolly but had a reputation of being a patron of children and gift-giver who put coins in shoes left on doorsteps. (Guess no one stole shoes back then unlike the packages that are delivered to front doors today).
Growth of Santa’s workshop has been an astounding 245 years. While the location of the main distribution center is unknown, it’s almost a sure thing that technology has helped it progress to its now worldwide distribution. Surely everything is automated!
The timeless story continues of Santa and his staff working tirelessly at the workshop to manufacture and deliver toys to children around the globe at Christmas time .
As the fifth generation Santa says, “I’m ready to delivery the toys and spread Christmas cheer!”
Probably this drawing of Santa hammering together a sled was sketched during startup time for the workshop when there was not a lot of  resources to be had.>>
"What’s Comin’ Down River” Flow Report
Posted on Dec 11th, 2018 Comments (1)
  • Dec 11th Report Update - FOR’s Backyard River Hydrologist (mostly reliable and sometimes scientific) observation
The sudden river rise came from the large amount of rain on Dec 7th that originally fell below Hwy 35. As it receded, the area hasn't gotten gotten runoff fast enough from the other two areas that saw heavy rain, north of Boling and up around I-10, to maintain the high level started with. When the majority of the rise is due to rain that falls upstream of Hwy 35, that gauge will tell you more.
The Boling gauge is now predicting a second small crest as I-10 and East Bernard water arrives, which seemed obvious before now. The Hwy 35 gauge had been predicting to quickly drop to normal levels but now stretches out to Friday. It may be up longer than that. Even when we get down to normal levels, it will take a long time for the water to clear up due to all the runoff that has to make its way down from the far north end of the San Bernard watershed.
  • Dec 8th 2018 Report
Since the river is currently flooding, here’s a suggestion from FOR’s Backyard River Hydrologist (mostly reliable and sometimes scientific) to all river property owners to take notes on: 
  1. The highest level (crest) that occurs at Hwy 35 in the next day or two, see graph “San Bernard River Near Old Ocean” on NOAA Hydrological Prediction Service (this link always located at bottom of Home Page). 
  2. The highest level they see in the next few days at their property, and 
  3. Keep a record that these levels resulted from 2-4” of rain over the whole watershed.
After several of these large rain events a person will be able to watch the rainfall radar summary showing how much rain has fallen and where, and watch the gauges upriver, and they will have a sense of how high the water will get at their place and roughly when it will happen. 
The Environmental Committee will present a more detailed program on this subject next spring.
Awards Party Held Despite River Flooding
Posted on Dec 10th, 2018 Comments (0)
FOR President Kirk Wardlaw congratulates FOR Director and Boat Parade CoChair Kevin Henry and wife Lucinda for organizing the Awards Party.
The bad news is that flooding on the river cancelled the annual lighted Christmas Boat Parade scheduled for Sat Dec 8th. The good news is a group of about a hundred people consisting of boat parade entries, home decorating entries and interested Friends of the River attended the Awards Party the next day. Everyone enjoyed eating fajitas, drinking libations and listening to live music served up at the Liquid Rides building on FM 521.
Only Home Decorating Contest winners were announced at the Awards Party. No boat awards were given out. It's likely this summer you'll see see a few boats still sporting a Santa or reindeer or some  type of Christmas lights.
Winners of the 2018 FOR Home Decorating Contest
  • Under 100 ft category - Teresa Brown, 6628 CR 659 won $250
Boat Parade Committee CoChair Cathy MacDonald presents the award to Teresa Brown’s daughters
  • 100 ft and over - Gary Sills and Marilyn Shockley, 2605 CR 496 won $250
Home Decorating Photos Tom Folger / folgerstudios.com
Boat Parade Committee CoChair Cathy MacDonald presents the award to Gary Sills, Marilyn Shockley and granddaughter
December Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on Dec 9th, 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 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.
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
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