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Government and Emergency Contacts:
National Response Center
Oil / Chemical spills in navigable waterways
(800) 424-8802
 
Texas General Land Office
Oil Spill Reporting
(800) 832-8224
Abandoned / Sunken Vessel Removal
Bill Grimes (512) 475-1464
 
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Chemical Spill / Release Reporting
(800) 832-8224
 
Brazoria County Sheriffs Dept,
Environmental Investigations
Report large spills, toxic material, illegal dumping
Emergency 911
Dispatch (979) 864-2392
Regulatory Investigator J. Mink
(979) 864-2040 or (979) 864-2392
 
Brazoria County Environmental Health
Septic Issues / Septic Complaints
Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm
(979) 864-1600
 
Texas Parks and Wildlife Spills and Kills
Fish kills
Office hours: 281-534-0107
Dispatch Team: 281-842-8100
Austin: 512-389-4848.
 
Brazoria County Game Wardens
Crawford, Colt            409-782-8788
Goff, Joseph R           979-549-3334
Jennings, Scott E       979-481-0930
Pokorney, Tristan C    979-248-7439
Richers, Jason H        979-481-1184
Van Dyke, Jim B         979-549-5444
 
Contact Information for Phillips 66 - Midstream:
For inquiries about operations near Sweeny call:  979-491- 2237 (CAER)
For inquiries about pipeline or operations near Freeport and Brazoria call:  1-888-766-1000
Shannon Vogt
Phillips 66 | Advisor, Business Communications
Communications & Public Affairs
3010 Briarpark Dr | Houston, TX 77042
832.765.2155 
Shannon.H.Vogt@P66.com
 
To report a boating accident:
Contact any local law enforcement agency or Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at 800-792-1112 or 512-389-4848 (24 hr dispatch)
 
 
To open Union Pacific swing RR Bridge (mile 20): 
For recreational vessels that have height restrictions intending to spend the day upriver and then return, call bridge tenders Steven Pena 979.216.6037 or B.D. Maher 979.482.1217. Note: the bridge is open only during certain times and number of times per day.
 


 
 
The San Bernard River headwaters is a small spring located on private property just south of the town of New Ulm, Texas (29°52' N, 96°29' W). It flows 120 miles to the southeast where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. It is one of the few rivers in Texas that empties directly into the Gulf, rather than into a coastal bay system.
 
The El Rio de San Bernardo was named by the Spanish,then anglicized as the San Bernard River.
 
The San Bernard River is brackish water, a combination of saltwater and freshwater. “The mixing of saltwater and freshwater creates the conditions, the salinity gradients, essential to the life cycles of red drum, flounder, croaker and the myriad of other fish and invertebrates found in what has been recognized widely as the most productive of all marine habitats,” says Dr. Larry McKinney, former director of Coastal Fisheries for TPWD and now director of the Harte Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.
 
Fish in the San Bernard
 
Speckled trout
Flounder
Redfish
Blue Catfish
Oysters
Crab
Others
 
 
 
 
Left Bank? or Right Bank?
  •  The right bank of a river is the right side of the river when one is facing to the mouth of the river. The right bank of a river when going downstream, is properly termed as right bank descending.
  • The left bank of a river is the left side of the river when one is facing to the mouth of the river. The left bank of a river when going downstream, is properly termed as left bank descending.
Boat Ramps
 
Hanson Riverside County Park, (new) 2.5 mi west of West Columbia on Hwy 35
 
Churchill Bridge aka Sportsman’s Span Bridge on Fm 2611
Pier, all-weather parking, double concrete ramp, public, no charge.
 
McNeill Bridge at FM 521 Bridge
All-weather parking, lighted, double concrete ramp, public, no charge
 
End of FM 2918 to Intracoastal & Gulf
All-weather parking, lighted, double concrete ramp, public, no charge
 
Links to other organizations:
 
Key Names and Numbers for the San Bernard River in Brazoria
 
USGS Watershed:   San Bernard Coastal
Hydrologic Cataloging Unit (HCU):   #12090401
Coastal Basin Designation:   Brazos Colorado Coastal Basin #13
Segment:   1301, SB River Tidal
Basin Group:   Group D
Water Quality Monitoring Station ID:   12146
DNR Station: Churchill - San Bernard CBI ID:   050 CHURCH
NOAA Chart:   11322
USGS Quad:   Freeport, TX
Key Major Aquifers:   Evangeline aka Gulf Coast Aquifer
Key Minor Aquifer:   Brazos River Alluvium Aquifer
TWB (Texas Water Development Board):   Houston Field Office
Regional Water Planning Group:   Group H
Groundwater Conservation District:   GCD #69
FEMA Region (Flood Insurance & Asst):   Region VI, Denton, Texas
 

 
Contact Information for State & Federal Agencies
  • TPWD Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.
Call TPWD for violations of trash on the river banks.
 
  • TGLO Texas General Land Office
The Texas General Land Office is the management agency for state lands and mineral rights totaling 20.4 million acres. This includes the Gulf Coast beaches and bays and other "submerged" lands extending 10.3 miles out from the shoreline. It would be involved in the event of a chemical spill into the river.
PERMITSContact: Allison Buchtien, Galveston PSC, 409.741.4057
You need to obtain permits before building a pier, etc. on the San Bernard. Contact the free  TGLO Permit Service Center (PSC) for assistance in obtaining a lease from the GLO and/or a permit from the USCOE. The GLO will determine where a bulkhead can be placed.
 
  • TWDB Texas Water Development Board 
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) was created in 1957.
 
  • BCSO Brazoria County Sheriff's Office
County Sheriff: Charles Wagner. The Sheriff's Office patrols the river from time to time. Also the Brazoria County Sheriff Department - Environmental Health now has enforcement powers on the San Bernard River for such things as trash dumping, sewage runoff and sewage dumping into the River and Pollution issues
 
Regulatory Investigator J. Mink (919)864-(979)864-2392
 
  • USACE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
They tend the dredging of the river. They are located in the Galveston District.
 
  • Brazos River Floodgates Status Report
 
  • EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Responsible for administering the Clean Water Act. Exercises authority through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) which oversees discharges from both point sources, such as from business and industry, sewage treatment plants, and non-point sources such as urban runoff. EPA delegates to the states to certify that permitted actions are consistent with the Clean Water Act. Supports environmental enhancement programs and projects
 
  • FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
Provides flood insurance to jurisdictions that meet the criteria for participation in their program. The program was initiated to encourage better flood plain management and reduce damaged in flood-prone areas
 
  • NMFS National Marine Fisheries Service 
The National Marine Fisheries Services operates under the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mission includes the conservation and management of living marine resources. Activities focus on the coastal zone and estuaries.
 
  • USFWS U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates under the U.S. Department of the Interior. Responsible for the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish and wildlife and their habitats. Major responsibilities are for migratory birds, candidate species, endangered species, some marine mammals, and freshwater and anadromous fish. Provides technical assistance to agencies for wildlife management, funding for wetlands acquisition, acquisition of areas for protection of migratory birds.
 
  • USNRCS U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service​
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  • GICA Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association Assn
"Building, promoting, protecting the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway since 1905"
 
  • Texas Stream Team
Texas Stream Team is a network of trained volunteers and supportive partners working together to gather information about the natural resources of Texas and to ensure the information is available to all Texans. Established in 1991, Texas Stream Team is administered through a cooperative partnership between Texas State University, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Currently, over 400 Texas Stream Team volunteers collect water quality data on lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, bays bayous, and estuaries in Texas.
 
  • Tx DOT Texas Dept. of Transportation
 
  • Texas Rivers Protection Association
The members of the Texas Rivers Protection Association are concerned about the quality of our remaining natural rivers. It will sponsor river cleanups, Work for the passage of state legislation beneficial to natural rivers, strive for increased appreciation and respect for the diverse natural waterways of Texas.
 
  • Galveston Bay Estuary Program
The Galveston Bay Estuary Program—a non-regulatory program administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)—is committed to preserving Galveston Bay for generations to come. Established in 1989, we are one in a network of twenty-eight U.S.National Estuary Programs (NEPs) guiding the conservation and restoration of Texas’ largest estuary.
 
  • Brazoria County Shoreline Restoration Task Force
The purpose of the Brazoria County Shoreline Restoration Task Force is to cooperatively and effectively evaluate shoreline erosion problems in Brazoria County, Identify and investigate feasible alternatives to restore the shoreline, and maximize State assistance to the region for shoreline restoration projects under the CEPRA, CIAP and other applicable and appropriate State programs.
 
  • Brazoria County Parks Department
The Brazoria County Parks department is continually working to maintain the county’s 21 boat ramps in the best possible condition and looking for funding opportunities to upgrade ramps in need of major repairs. Citizens play an important role in protecting this resource. Please report any problems to (979) 864-1541.
 
  • East Matagorda Bay Foundation
East Matagorda Bay Foundation exist to preserve and protect East Matagorda Bay and its estuarine system for future generations.
 

Government Representatives
 
Brazoria County
 
Brazoria County Commissioner Precinct #1
Commissioner Donald "Dude" Payne
1432 Highland Park, Clute, Texas 77531
Mail Address:  P.O. Box 998, Clute, Texas 77531
Phones: 979-265-3953 / 979-864-1523 / 281-756-1523 / 979-265-5409  FAX 
Email:  dudep@brazoria-county.com
 
Brazoria County Commissioner Precinct #4 
Commissioner David Linder
121 North 10th St., West Columbia, Texas 77486
Phones: 979-345-1130 / 979-864-1529 / 979-345-2839 FAX
Email: davidl@brazoria-county.com
 
Brazoria County J.P. Precinct #1
Judge Jack Brown  979.233.4700  979.297.4650
 
Brazoria County J.P. Precinct #2
Judge Milan Miller
 
Brazoria County J.P. Precinct 4, Place 2
Judge Sherry Kersh
 
Brazoria County Constable Precinct #1
Robin Rape  979.233.4188
 
Brazoria County Constable Precinct #4
Fred Kanter  979.345.2115
 

State
 
Texas House of Representatives District #25
(R) Representative Dennis Bonnen
Austin Office:  P.O. Box 2910, Austin, Texas 78711
Phone: (512) 463-0564    Fax: (512) 463-8414
District Office:  122 E. Myrtle, Angleton, TX 77515
Phone: (979) 848-1770    Fax: (979) 849-3169
 
Texas Senate District #17
(R) Senator Joan Huffman
Austin Office:  P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0117    (800) 445-2635    (512) 463-0639 Fax
Committee Assignments:  Committee of the Whole Senate / Government Organization / Health & Human Services / Transportation & Homeland Security / Veteran Affairs & Military Installations /
S/C on Base Realignment and Closure
 
Governor of Texas 
(R) Governor Greg Abbott
Office of the Governor:  P.O. Box 12428, Austin, Texas 78711-2428
Phone: (512)463-2000    Fax: (512) 463-1849
 
Speaker of the Texas House
Austin Office:  Room CAP 2W.13
P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0686    (512) 463-1064 Fax    (512) 463-1064 Fax
District Office:  7373 Broadway, Suite 202-A, San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 828-4411  (512) 463-1064 Fax
 

Federal
 
U.S. President
(D) President Barrack Obama
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
Phone: 202-456-1111    Fax: 202-456-2461
 
U.S. Senate
(R) Senator John Cornyn
Washington DC, 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510
Tel: 202-224-2934    Fax: 202-228-2856
Houston Office:  5300 Memorial Drive, Suite 980, Houston, Texas 77007
Tel: 713-572-3337    Fax: 713-572-3777
Committee Assignments:  Armed Services Committee / Judiciary Committee / Budget Committee
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee / Joint Economic Committee
 
U.S. House of Representatives 22nd District of Texas 
Congressman Pete Olson
Washington DC Office:  312 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5951    Fax: (202) 225-5241
Sugar Land Office:  1650 Highway 6, Suite 150, Sugar land, TX 77478
Clear lake Office:  17225 El Camino Real, Suite 447, Houston, TX 77058
 
U.S. House of Representatives 14th District of Texas
(R) Congressman Randy Weber
Washington, DC Office: 510 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.2831
Hours:  M-F 9-5:30 pm
 

Flooding
 
San Bernard River Flood Information: NOAA Hydrological Prediction Service
 
Flood Crest History
27.50'   Flood Record (October 17-22, 1998, when 22" of rain fell in 2 days)
23.90'   Oct 23,1998
23.60'   Sep 11,1998
21.80'   Nov 19,1998
20.10'   Dec 20, 1995
20.08'   Apr 13, 1997
 
Stages for San Bernard River near Sweeny:
Action Stage: 12.0 ft
Minor Flood Stage:16.0 ft
Moderate Flood Stage: 17.0 ft.
Major Flood Stage: 18.0 ft
 
National Flood Insurance Program - Official site
 
American Red Cross – Are you ready for a flood?
 
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
 

 

 
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