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FOR Awards $1,000 Scholarships
Posted on May 17th, 2018 Comments (0)
This month, the Friends of the River San Bernard Scholarship Committee (Fred Kanter - Chair, Tom Ronayne, Cathy MacDonald, Marie Breakiron, Wayne Head and Barbara Fratila) will be awarding six $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school Seniors living in the San Bernard River watershed who have demonstrated a direct connection between their career path and the betterment of the environment. Scholarships pay for tuition, books, and school fees. Winners will be posted as they come in so watch for additional names.
On May 15, 2018 at the Sweeny High School Awards Ceremony, FOR Director Tom Ronayne awarded Senior Thomas Campbell FOR $1,000 scholarship.>>>
Thomas Campbell, recipient of Sweeny High School's prestigious “All Around Boy” award, will attend Texas A&M University in the fall majoring in Biology. His many accomplishments include earning the rank of Eagle Scout, selection as Academic All-District in baseball and Academic All-State in football, National Honor Society and senior class Treasurer. 
Thomas volunteered with Sweeny United, Interact, Blue Santa, Sweeny Thanksgiving Feast, his church youth group, and he assisted with other Eagle Scout projects. His ideal career would be a thriving medical or dental practice in his home town of Sweeny.
<<< On May 16, 2018, at the Bellville High School Scholarship & Honor Cord Ceremony, FOR Director Tom Ronayne awarded Senior Brian Sifford a FOR $1,000 scholarship.
Brian Sifford plans to use his FOR scholarship at the University of Wyoming where he will major in Environmental Engineering. He has earned several other local scholarships as well as two substantial awards from the university. 
Brian's volunteer activities include Special Olympics, Austin County Fair work and several church youth programs. He is a member of National Honor Society, plays on the golf team, was a Boys State Delegate, and has earned numerous awards through his FFA activities. Brian's long term career goal is to return to Texas and lead his own environmental engineering company.
May Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on May 11th, 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.
Seen on the River: COE Survey Boat
Posted on May 10th, 2018 Comments (0)
Photo Linda Wright
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boat was seen on Thu May 10th, slowly zigzaging back and forth up the San Bernard. It was performing a hydrographic survey to monitor local river conditions to provide information for marine traffic that navigates the San Bernard. Meanwhile, a swallowtail butterfly zigzags back and forth through the bright blooms of a bougainvillea. If you are on the river and meet the boat, please be courteous and give way to its course.
Union Pacific RR Advisory - Recv'd Fri May 4th
Posted on May 3rd, 2018 Comments (0)
"WHAT: Union Pacific will replace the existing rail bridge structure over the San Bernard River in southwest Brazoria County. While preliminary work is already underway, the main work on the structure will last from May 26-29.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: During the construction process, boat and barge traffic travelling beneath the bridge will be temporarily suspended. Boat traffic will be prohibited from May 26 through May 29, and barge traffic will not resume until the first of June.

The bridge has been on Union Pacific’s schedule for replacement, but received extensive damage during Hurricane Harvey. The damage was temporarily fixed, but the company accelerated plans for a complete replacement. The project will convert the existing swing span bridge to a lift bridge.

Union Pacific appreciates the patience of boaters and residents in the area during this construction project
Photo Bob Bailey
​​​​​​​Construction is now happening on the Union Pacific RR new vertical-lift bridge that is replacing the older bridge (the lower horizontal span) on the San Bernard. When completed, the new center span will rise vertically allowing marine traffic to pass through underneath.  
<< This is a closeup of the workers seen in the photo above standing on the top left of the bridge. Gulp!
April 30th: An email was received from the Project Manager for the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge replacement over the San Bernard.
It stated NO marine traffic will be allowed to travel from one side of the RR bridge through to the other side, starting Sat May 26 to Fri Jun 1, during the bridge change out.
FOR President Mike Goodson has called Anthony Raphael, Project Manager and discussed since this falls on Memorial weekend, a popular time for boaters. He is to send an email with complaint that will be forwarded to UPRR and Coast Guard. If a notice of change of date is found out, it will be posted on the FOR website
Email any complaints to Tony Raphael, Project Manager, Union Pacific Railroad Bridge, at araphael@americanbridge.net
FOR Fish Cooking Class a Five Star Event
Posted on Apr 30th, 2018 Comments (0)
Fisherman Chef Ronnie Wingo cuts up redfish filets for his tasty Red Fish Marinara Pasta (link to his recipe).
Photos Linda Wright
Fisherman Chef Tom Guffey serves up generous portions of fried redfish, trout and flounder.
Thanks to IntegriCHEM for donating food and door prizes.
It  was a lot like the parable of the “five loaves and two small fish feeding 5,000” as the cooked fish kept coming and coming to feed the audience of 35 to 40 attendees at the Guffey/Wingo Fish Cooking Class program on Sat Apr 28. Both Guffey and Wingo have extensive fishing experience on the San Bernard and can tell you how catch ’em and then cook ‘em. They have developed their own recipes that you can link to and print out. Thanks to Wayne Head, program co-ordinator for one of FOR Environmental Committee “top ten” events where no one left hungry plus it was FREE!
Here's Tom Guffey's recipes:
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
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