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Newsletter Update - Snail Mail Delivered
Posted on Aug 18th, 2019
You should be holding the latest FOR “Current News” newsletter in your hot (temperature outside 98°) little hands by now. Hopefully snail mail moved right along to your mailbox and delivered it due to the sizzling concrete. If you happen to still be standing outside by the mailbox, waiting and sweating, you can read it at the bottom of the Newsletter page.
 
August Meeting Reports
Posted on Aug 16th, 2019
These reports are a way to let the public know what FOR’s been up to. It’s also a way that someone can determine if there is any way they’d like to get involved in things. If you are interested, contact Board of Directors on the “Contact Us” select list on left menu.
 
  • Aug 15 - Brazoria County Citizen Advisory Panels, Old Ocean
Mike and Suzanne Goodson, Valroy Maudlin and Tom Ronayne attended the joint meeting of the Brazoria County Citizen Advisory Panels (CAPs) hosted by Phillips66 and ChevronPhillips. Each of the CAPs reported on the industry and civic activities going on in their respective areas. That was followed by a presentation from Ann Colton with the American Chemistry Council. Among the topics Ms. Colton covered was the Council's goal of achieving 100% recycling of plastics by the year 2040.
 
  • Aug 3 - Breakfast on the Bernard, Dido’s Restaurant
Breakfast on the Bernard is simply a reason to get out of bed on the first Saturday of the month morning and join friends in a face-to-face conversation about what’s happening on the river. Twenty-two friends gathered this time for eggs, bacon and river stories. Everyone stayed long enough to hear announcements of upcoming FOR events. You're invited to join friends for breakfast –– the coffee's hot and so's the conversation!
 
 
August Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on Aug 15th, 2019
 
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.
 
FOR Gardening Program Held
Posted on Aug 11th, 2019
Texas Master Gardner Jim Hillis introduced the rock stars of the plant world - the Texas Superstars to twenty-seven green thumb gardeners at the Sat. Aug 10th gardening program. These plants have earned this designation by undergoing years of Texas A&M research field trials. These “Superstars” receive minimal water and soil preparation and no pesticides. A few notables are the Lady Bird Johnson Royal Blue Bluebonnet, the Laura Bush Petunia, Princess Caroline Napier Grass, Grandma’s Yellow Rose and the Lord Baltimore Hibiscus. 
Texas Master Gardener Frank Curl explained how it’s possible to grow an abundance of plants in just six inches of special soil placed in a raised bed that’s been divided into one-foot squares. It’s called Square Foot Gardening and sounds incredible. Compared to a conventional single-row garden it grows 100% of the harvest in 20% of the space, applying 10% of the water, in 5% of the soil, using 2% of the work, with 0% of the weeds.
 
Want to learn more...
 
<< A Firebush Superstar that's great for attracting hummingbirds was one of the door prizes awarded to a lucky gardener who attended the program.  
 
A Culvert Operation
Posted on Aug 9th, 2019
Photos Jim Cooper
 
A culvert operation took place in front of the FOR Community Center on Thu Aug 8th. Brazoria County Road and Bridges did an exceptional job of installing new culverts and spreading crushed concrete on top to allow parking for the disabled.
 
Remembering Departed Friends
Posted on Aug 8th, 2019
Sweet is the memory of departed river friends! Like the mellow rays of the setting sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.
 
Departed Wed Aug 7, 2019 
Ed Kadera
1943-2019
 
Departed Mon Feb 4, 2019
Pete "Dido" Smirch
1937-2019
 
Mouth Photo - August 4, 2019
Posted on Aug 5th, 2019
The view is to the southwest towards the Gulf. Lots of blue water...after a couple of beers it's easy to imagine you're in the Bahamas.
 
If you look closely at the photo, a boat can be seen slowly making its way (no wake evident) toward the mouth of the river or is hard aground. Stick to the left when heading towards the Gulf and either go slow or up on a plane, your roll of the dice!!!
 
Unlucky skiers have been seen skiing towards the mouth on the right side of the river only to have the boat suddenly stop and the skier step off his ski and walk to the boat.
 
 
 
 
Photo " A.G. "Bert" Smith, 8-4-19
 
 
 
 
 
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013
 
To view past web articles, click on "View Archives" on the right  >>>>>>

 

San Bernard River Flood Information (two versions):
Note:"San Bernard River Near Old Ocean"  and the "USCS Hwy 35 Flood Gauge" are the same, just different presentation of dat
Hurricane Tracking: NOAA National Hurricane Center
Tide Table for Freeport (subtract 30 minutes from Freeport Harbor readings for actual time at the San Bernard mouth)
 
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