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2019 FOR Scholarship Winners
Posted on May 24th, 2019
Six 2019 high school graduates were awarded $1,000 scholarships from Friends of the River (FOR) San Bernard. A record number of applications were received this year from 12 of the 14 high schools in our watershed. The academic, extracurricular, volunteer and environmental stewardship credentials presented by the students were truly outstanding and made for an extremely competitive selection process. 
 
“Congratulations to these six outstanding young men and women. Thank you to all of the school counselors and staff who help promote the FOR scholarship program, and we wish the best of luck to all of the 2019 graduates.”
–– FOR Scholarship Committee
 
Here are this year's winners:
Luke Demny with Marie Breakiron, FOR Scholarship Committee member
Luke Demny, Brazos High School
 
Luke Demny, a Brazos High School graduate, is headed to Wharton County Junior College and then on to Texas A&M Corpus Christi to major in General Business
 
He plans to work for an outdoor sporting equipment company, merging his career goals with a passion for the outdoors that he developed on his family's property on Middle Bernard Creek. A member of the Coastal Conservation Association since early childhood, Luke's credentials included a recommendation letter from the San Bernard Chapter CCA Director. 
Allison Jedlycka and Fred Kanter, FOR Scholarship Committee member
Allison Jedlycka, Boling High School
 
Allison Jedlycka is the Valedictorian of  Boling High School class of 2019. She will be a fourth generation Texas Aggie majoring in Agribusiness with a long term goal of managing a farm with a family of her own. 
 
Allison has an impressive list extracurricular, volunteer and church activities to her credit and plans to continue this volunteer spirit as a graduate Aggie
Grant Maresh is pictured with Tom Ronayne, FOR Scholarship Committee Chairman  
Grant Maresh, Needville High School
 
Grant Maresh, ranking third out of Needville High School class of 236 students, heads to Texas A&M in the fall to major in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. He plans to continue there to earn a Master's in that field and obtain a job with Texas Parks and Wildlife
 
His dream job would be in TP&W's Inland Fisheries Division as one of its District Supervisors and his scholarship application included a glowing endorsement from the Inland Fisheries Abilene District Supervisor. 
 
Sophia Meagher, Sweeny High School
 
Sweeny High School graduate Sophia Meagher will major in Biology at Texas Tech University. After focusing her degree in either the environmental or animal sciences field, she would like to be employed in a job that involves travel and then eventually become a small ranch owner. Sophia has been an active volunteer with FOR and other community organizations, held several band leadership positions and earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award.
 
Cole Nagler, Sweeny High School
 
Cole Nagler graduates seventh in his Sweeny High School class and will attend Texas A&M majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Living just a block away from the river, Cole and his entire family have been faithful participants in FOR's river and highway clean ups and he has enjoyed boating and fishing the San Bernard. He is active in Sargent Beach activities, as well, and pole vaulted to fourth place at the State Track and Field meet. Cole plans to bring his engineering degree back to Brazoria County to work in local industry.
The two scholarship winners from Sweeny High School are  Sophia Meagher and Cole Nagler pictured with Brian Meagher, FOR Environmental Committee member and Sophia’s father.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joanna Powell received her award from Scholarship Committee member Barbara Fratila (not pictured).
Joanna Powell, Bellville High School
 
Joanna Powell will take her Bellville High School diploma to Pepperdine University in California to major in Biochemistry. She has participated in numerous volunteer activities through her church and has been active in sports and band through all four years of high school. Joanna aspires initially to work for a pharmaceutical company and would eventually like to own her own lab.
 
 
 
 
 
Homeowner Wastewater Assistance Program
Posted on May 23rd, 2019
 
 
For more information, contact Brian Sims at brian.sims@h-gac.com or 713-993-2438.
Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) has funding available for the repair and replacement of failing conventional septic systems or aerobic on-site sewage facilities. Funding is available to homeowners who meet certain income restrictions. No matching funds are required.
 
APPLICANTS
  • Program can pay the full cost of repair or replacement of failing tradition or aerobic systems.
  • No cost sharing by homeowner is required.
  • Applicant must be the homeowner.
  • Applicant must not earn more than 80 percent of the area median income or applicable federal poverty line for the area (determined by funding agency).
  • Homeowners can be eligible for funding even if under enforcement action for violation of TCEQ rules (multiple funding sources are available).
PROVIDERS
  • All people providing services must have adequate insurance.
  • Projects must recognize Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP).
 
Annual River Clean-up Sat Jun 8th
Posted on May 19th, 2019
 
Chairman Tim Logan / tlogan@brazoriainet.com / 979.418.1893
 
West Bank Outfitters:
Sweeny - Tom/Ange Ronayne
Riverview Ranch - Jim Hillis
Fishermans Point - Pat & Denise Wolever
Rivers End - Samantha Hill
 
East Bank Outfitters:
Holiday Shores - Mike Goodson
River Rendezview - Fred Kanter
CR 310/496 - Cathy McDonald
Hansen Riverside Park - Tom & Ange Ronayne
FM 521 - Vanessa Taylor
FM 2611 - Valroy & Adalia Maudlin
 
Collection Locations:
Hwy 35 Hansen Riverside County Park Boat Ramp
FM 521 Bridge Boat Ramp
FM 2611 Churchill Bridge Boat Ramp
 
 
Annual River Clean-up
Saturday June 8th
8:00 am - Noon
Hot Dog Social immediately following
People don’t just love the San Bernard, they're passionate about treating it right. Here’s your chance to join the annual San Bernard River TRASH MASH clean-up. It cannot be done without everyone’s support. It’s a dirty job but we can do it!
 
New this year, “outfitters” will hand out TRASH MASH flyers, t-shirts and trash bags to neighbors living in their area of the river. Collect any trash floating in and around your dock and bring to one of the three collection sites on TRASH MASH day, Sat Jun 8th.
 
If able, bring a boat to one of the three collection locations and you will get directions from the volunteers there. Dress dirty – gloves, rubber boots or adequate shoes, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, and trash grabber if you have one. Water, t-shirts and trash bags will also be available at the collection sites.
 
Then, immediately following the cleanup, come to the FOR Community Center, 20450 CR 510-B, one mile south of FM 521 bridge on Brazoria side of the river and celebrate your efforts at the Hot Dog Social. Menu to be decided, but be assured some of it will be hot dogs! See ya on the river!
 
 
 
May Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on May 14th, 2019
Please note this two tests were completed just before the river flooded.
 
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. Two forms are shown for comparison as the data collected from the two locations can vary.
 
Good News - Mouth To Be Opened
Posted on May 13th, 2019
 
 
 
GOOD NEWS...FOR is excited to announce encouraging news of the opening of the mouth of the San Bernard River. Application for the “Mouth of the San Bernard River Restoration Project” has been approved and funded. The soonest a permit can be issued is this coming August or September. Work scheduled dredging it open will then start Spring 2020 of next year.
 
It began six years ago, on June 10, 2013 when representatives of Friends of the River San Bernard attended the first meeting of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council in Galveston, Tx. Then FOR President Wayne Head spoke about reopening the mouth and delivered a booklet of information and photos regarding the closure to the Restoration panel. The following year, 2014Brazoria County Commissioners applied for RESTORE Act grants, hired a engineering company to work on the river project and because of much effort, six years later, here we are!
 
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013
 
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