A Good Sign on the River
Posted on May 5th, 2021 Comments (0)
Photo John Swanson
New "Road Work Ahead" sign alerts traffic to start of construction on new Churchill Bridge. Current bridge can been seen in the distance.
This is a good sign. It signals construction will begin soon on a new bridge that will replace Sportsman’s Span (also known as the Churchill Bridge) on FM 2611 over the San Bernard River .
The new bridge will have wider lanes and wider shoulders. It will be constructed on a site downriver from the old bridge which will remain open to traffic during the construction period. The new larger bridge will be a welcome change as we all have held our breath as we squeezed by an oversized vehicle passing in the opposite lane, always at the very top of the bridge.
May Meeting Report
Posted on May 3rd, 2021 Comments (0)
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. Please contact FOR if you are interested. (Select WEBMASTER on the CONTACT US drop down list.)
- May 1st, Breakfast on the Bernard, Dido’s Restaurant
Having made it through a night of torrential downpour at times, 25 folks attended the regular first-Saturday-of-the-month Breakfast on the Bernard.
FOR VP Mike Goodson welcomed several new river residents attending for the first time. He then introduced visitors Brazoria County Commissioner David Linder, Port Freeport Commissioner John Hoss and West Brazoria County Drainage District Director John Richers. Also attending breakfast was Rob Giesecke running the first time for election as Port Freeport Commissioner.
Commissioner Linder discussed progress of dredging open the mouth and said the anticipated start date is July 1, 2021 and expected completion October 1, 2021. Linder also said the COE still plans to remove the existing Brazos River west floodgate on the ICW. Port Freeport Commissioner Hoss participated in the discussion of opening and maintaining the mouth.
Director Richers cited examples of areas along the river where feasibility studies are needed stop erosion from adding unwanted silt to the river.
All friends and neighbors of the river are invited to come and enjoy BOB (Breakfast on the Bernard). Next one is Saturday, June 5th.
Flood Gauge Data Versus Real Time
Posted on May 1st, 2021 Comments (0)
The Boling flood gauge showed a level of 22.9 ft at 12:00 pm today, Sat May 1, 2021.
Photo Linda Wright 4-1-21 Boling
The photo shows the San Bernard at the same time and the same day as the flood gauge above at Boling where the gauge is located. The river is out of its banks at the 22.9 ft level, it usually flows at approx 3 ft. Be prepared, it's all coming downriver.
Rain on San Bernard Watershed
Posted on May 1st, 2021 Comments (0)
7:00 am, Saturday May 1, 2021
This morning, heavy rain fell over the entire San Bernard watershed south of Interstate 10 and west of Houston. Stay alert as to what’s upriver that will come your way. You can keep track of the amount of water by going to the IMPORTANT LINKS page and clicking on any of the “San Bernard River Flood Gauges”. Chesterville is the northern most gauge located just south of Sealy and Interstate 10. Old Ocean is southernmost gauge on Hwy 35 near West Columbia.
Bids Sent to Open Mouth
Posted on Apr 27th, 2021 Comments (0)
Photo A.G. "Bert" Smith 4-25-21
April 25, 2021. Looking out to the Gulf of Mexico, the coastline stretches southwest to the horizon. The intent is to dredge the river starting at the ICW to the Gulf. It looks as if the mouth will open (finally) and we all can say "A-h-h-h!"
Yes it’s official. Today, April 27, Brazoria County Commissioners’ Court approved advertising bids for dredging the mouth of the San Bernard River by Order No. 6.I.3. Bid contracts should be received back in 21 days and finalized by May 25th. In addition, the project will utilize RESTORE Act funding. Stay tuned for updates!
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