Environmental Impact Study Program
Posted on May 16th, 2022 Comments (0)
Photo Justin Hillis
On April 2, 2022, a CRG Texas Environmental Services team pulled five water and sediment samples from the river and transferred them to a laboratory for analysis of contaminants. Note, the warning sign in the background has since been removed because conditions of the City of Brazoria WWTP have improved.
A FOR Public Education Program
What’s Really in the River Water
Sat May 21, 2022, 10am - Noon
FOR Community Center
20450 CR 510-B
FREE - Public Invited
Hear the results of the $10,000 Environmental Impact Study, commissioned by Friends of the River San Bernard, to identify potential and existing environmental impact conditions on the river. It will determine whether water quality of the river was compromised as a result of the City of Brazoria WWTP discharge of effluent water into the river. Effluents contain various amounts of contaminants and these components accumulate over time in the river, especially in sediments.
CRG Texas will present the results of the environmental impact study at the FOR public education program this Saturday May 21st. Questions will be answered. Free and open to the public.
Good Neighbor Award
Posted on May 15th, 2022 Comments (0)
Photos Suzanne Goodson
On Sat May 14, a section of someone’s pier had broken loose and floated up against river resident Randy Hall’s boathouse. Randy called neighbor Mike Goodson for help in securing and towing the dock to the nearby FM 521 boat ramp. The full-sized dock, if left in the river would float partially submerged and create a danger to traveling boats. If struck, it could cause something more than a ding to the hull. Hall and Goodson get the “Good Neighbor Award”.
Now that there’s been a practice run to show how it's done, mark your calendar for the upcoming “Trash Mash” River Cleanup, Sat June 11, 8:00 am - Noon. Hot Dog Social immediately follows. There’s still a lot more trash left!
City of Brazoria WWTP Update 5-11-22
Posted on May 12th, 2022 Comments (0)
Brazoria Wastewater Treatment Plant Update
May 11, 2022
Public Works Superintendent
City Of Brazoria
We are currently working with a third-party company to haul in seed and bugs to further populate the aeration track. These arrangements are for the week of the 16th as long as all goes according to plan. Our current physical equipment is doing a great job in bringing the plant "back to life" the aerators have helped massively in our efforts keeping dissolved oxygen at appropriate levels and keeping the track moving properly, all conducive to keeping the plant healthy overall.
We have, over the last month, seen quite a bit of progress in growing and building our bugs back but not to our wanted amount or level. That is the reasoning to support the existing bugs to expedite the plants progress.
We have seen in the last few weeks the discharged water become clear and is able to be treated to double to our required minimum of 1.0 MG/L consistently. We do have proper settling in the clarifiers along with a healthier sludge blanket, seeing clearer and cleaner water within them. This is what is allowing us to send out cleaner, clearer, better treated water out of the plant. this can be built quicker with the help of more seeding
May Meeting Report
Posted on May 10th, 2022 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.) The report will be updated during the month with additional meetings.
- Sat May 7 Breakfast on the Bernard, Dido’s Restaurant
Twenty-six folks attended the regular first Saturday of the month Breakfast on the Bernard. John Swanson, FOR Vice President filled in for the absent President Kirk Wardlaw. VP Swanson introduced first-time guests including Joe Hoffman, director at the West Brazoria County Drainage District #11, Section 5.
VP Swanson gave brief updates regarding the results of the environment impact program that will be given at the Sat May 21st, FOR public education program, FOR Community Center; progress with the City of Brazoria WWTP; six $2,000 scholarships awarded; and River Cleanup on Sat Jun 11. Mike Goodson, Mouth Committee chairman, followed up with progress of dredging the mouth.
2022 FOR Scholarship Winners
Posted on May 9th, 2022 Comments (0)
Six 2022 high school graduates were awarded $2,000 scholarships from Friends of the River (FOR) San Bernard. Over 30 applications were received this year from the high schools in our watershed. Scholarship recipients will receive $1000 for the first semester and $1000 for the second semester to help cover actual college tuition and book expense during their freshman year. The academic, extracurricular, volunteer and environmental stewardship credentials presented by the students were truly outstanding and made for a very 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 2022 graduates.” – Jack Muskopf, Scholarship Chairman
FOR Scholarship Committee members are Barbara Fratila, Mike Goodson, Tom Ronayne, and David Roquemore.
Brayden Bialas is a graduate of Boling High School and plans to attend Wharton County Junior College and then transfer to Texas State University to earn a degree in Civil Engineering. After receiving his degree, Brayden plans to use his knowledge to improve efficiency of roadway construction to lessen pollution and the negative impacts on the environment.
Thomas Clark is a graduate of Sealy High School and will be attending Texas A&M University with plans to major in Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management. After graduating from Texas A&M, Thomas hopes to become a Texas State Game Warden where he can protect the wildlife he has grown to love.
Zander Crawley is a graduate of Sealy High School and will be attending Texas State University to earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Zander plans on using his degree to make more efficient and sustainable machines and technologies. He specifically hopes to work for NASA, Boeing, or Lockheed Martin and design and build low emission rockets and plans.
Mason Crist is a graduate from East Bernard High School and will be attending Blinn College in Bryan TX. After earning his associates degree, Mason will transfer to a four year university where he plans to study agronomy. Mason would like to be a crop consultant working with farmers on the upper gulf coast.
Meagan Demny is a graduate of Brazos High School and will be attending Texas A&M University in College Station in the fall. Meagan plans to earn a degree in Animal Science, and after college she hopes to work full time in the animal nutrition field. Meagan has passion for the environment and the animals that live in it!
Bobby Ray Stephens
Bobby Ray Stephens is a graduate of Brazosport High School and plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to earn bachelor and a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. After college, Bobby hopes to use his education to make an impact on developing methods of energy generation and help engineer new fuel sources and processes.
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