A sea of sand at the mouth
Posted on Jul 16th, 2020
Photo Andy Bouffard 7-16-20
July 16,2020. Two vehicles can be seen on the west bank of the river. They drove from Sargent, forded the Cedar Lake Cut (caution - low tide is best) midway through the trip and followed the coastline to the San Bernard.
It’s almost a tongue twister. The mouth has succumbed to a sea of sinking shifting sand. Because of the lack of rain and practically no current from upstream to keep the mouth flowing open, it has once again completely closed. The plan now is to dredge open the mouth starting at the ICW and digging out to the Gulf to a distance of 1600’ beyond the beach in early 2021.
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 and clogging it.