|Bailey Receives Primeau Award|
|Posted on Feb 24th, 2020 Comments (0)
Past FOR Treasurer Bob Bailey received the 2020 Ralph Primeau Memorial Award from Marie Breakiron, 2018 award winner during the State of the River meeting on Sat Feb 22, 2020.
Give it up for Bob Bailey long-time treasurer for the Friends of the River organization. The award was given to him in recognition of his outstanding volunteer commitment for significantly contributing toward the spirit and purpose of FOR’s mission of a clean and flowing San Bernard River. He faithfully performed financial accounting, dug deep in to financial reports where others feared to go and did all the heavy lifting when it came to handling financial details of the organization. Here's a boat load of thanks!!
|Highlights of FOR State of River Meeting|
|Posted on Feb 24th, 2020 Comments (0)
State of the River Meeting
Sat Feb 22, 2020
“All for one and one for all.” –The Three Mouth-keteers (actually four)
Brazoria County Commissioners Dude Payne and David Lindner, Chris Sallese, Project Mgr. Dannenbaum Engineering and Susie Alford, President, CEO Berg Oliver, have shown "derring-do" in the not so adventuresome tale of opening the mouth since 2013.
Update: Opening the Mouth
Photos Tom Folger folgerstudios.com
Chris Sallese, Dannenbaum Engineering, is flanked by Precinct 4 Commissioner David Linder, left, and Precinct 1 Commissioner Dude Payne.
The required permit needed to start the process of dredging open the mouth of the San Bernard has stalled at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service because of the piping plover and black rail bird species. These two birds are listed on the Endangered Species Act where dredging and dredge spoil placement is believed to have adverse effects on their critical habitat. If and when this determination is modified, which is considered likely, a 60 day permit will be issued, then Brazoria County has 180 days to finalize and another 30 days to award dredging bids. Best guess, at this point, is early 2021 for opening the mouth.
The Texas Treasury has already received the $10.766M Deepwater Horizon spill RESTORE ACT funds (this is not tax money) allotted to the “Lower San Bernard River Eco System" project.
The plan now is to dredge the San Bernard starting at the ICW and digging out to the Gulf at a distance of 1600’ beyond the beach. A jetty is not planned but rather utilizes maintenance dredging every 5 - 7 years for 25 years paid for by Port Freeport and Brazoria County. Cost of building a jetty is twice as much, and even then, would require maintenance dredging due to sand and sediment accumulating along the up drift side and eventually flowing into the jetty.
New Flood Gage Proposed on FM 521
FOR Vice President Mike Goodson speaks about the FOR proposed flood gauge at FM 521 bridge.
VP Mike Goodson gave a report of the possibility of installing an index velocity gauge on the river that allows both tidal impact forecasting (hurricane surge) and water surface elevation (flood monitoring) at FM 521. This would enable the National Weather Service (NWS) to forecast for that part of the river with the densest population.
Installation cost for the gauge would be approximately $50,000 with FOR contributing $25,000 and the additional $25,000 coming from a yet to be determined partner. Operation and maintenance is an extra annual cost of $19,000.
A meeting will be planned with the NWS and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) to discuss having them provide the annual O&M after installation since this would be a valuable tool for USACE to manage barge traffic on the ICW.
Data from the gauge will output usable information to NOAA and will not duplicate findings from the other flood gauges located on the San Bernard.
When closer to finalizing, two legal agreements will be needed to complete the installation.
Phillips 66 Overview & Update
Speaker John Sprafka, Phillips 66 Business Services Manager
The second of three new fractionator units at the Old Ocean refinery to process natural gas liquids NGL from the Eagle Ford Shale production in West Texas is "nearing completion." Construction on a third fractionator has begun.
Phillips 66 barge traffic on the river is scheduled for ten barges a month. The company's computer scheduling system (eliminating human error) has blocked out dates that halts barge traffic on the river so that it does not impact special events of recreational boaters. Read P66 Barge Guidelines on the San Bernard.
|February Water Quality Test on San Bernard|
|Posted on Feb 13th, 2020 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 Bridge. Tim tests off his dock at Rio Vista, 4.5 miles downstream from the Churchill Bridge. Both tests are done within a day or so of each other.
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.
|Another opportunity to turn-in unwanted items|
|Posted on Dec 30th, 2019 Comments (0)
Derelict Vessel Turn-in Program
Feb 24-27, 2020 Four Day Event
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Drop off locations:
Brazoria County Precinct 1
Commissioner Dude Payne
1432 Highland Park, Clute, Tx
Brazoria County Precinct 4
Commissioner David Linder
121 North 10th St, West Columbia, Tx
Here’s your opportunity to voluntarily remove inoperable, derelict vessels. The Texas GLO and TP&W will verify the vessel (boat) for disposal. BCFFA will sponsor the removal of all fuel, oil and batteries while Brazoria County will transport vessel to landfill for disposal. Boat must be clear of waste and debris.
If you own a vessel under 26’ long in need of disposal (longer boats may be accepted on a case by case basis) or know a neighbor who may need assistance. You will be required to bring vessel to one of two drop off locations.
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|Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (1)
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