FOR Letter of Support of CMP Project
Posted on Aug 27th, 2021
Friends of the River San Bernard received a thank you from Yu Zhang, Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, UT Arlington for writing a letter of support for his CMP (Coastal Management Program) project of the San Bernard/Brazos River flow and sediment dynamics. This letter, along with other letters of support, was forwarded to the Texas General Land Office and subsequently the project was selected for funding by GLO. It is scheduled to begin next January.
Excerpt from Dr. Zhang's “Assessing flow and sediment dynamics along lower Brazos and San Bernard Rivers to inform regional restoration strategies . . . direct economic impacts of the study will be four-fold.
1. It will lead to a realistic appraisal of flooding risks along the lower San Bernard River after the reopening of the river mouth, which will help the state and regional entities select cost-effective infrastructures for protecting lives and properties.
2. It helps determine the stability of the San Bernard River Gulf inlet and inform potential strategies to prevent future closure. The opening of the San Bernard River inlet helps maintain the local ecosystem, attract tourists and brings revenue to the local sport fishing industry.
3. The outcomes of the study will help determine the efficacy of using dredged materials for nourishment of Sargent Beach, which will help the tourist industry and reduces costs associated with alternative, costly measures for counteracting the erosion.
4. It will help determine methods of reducing sedimentation along Cedar Lakes and thereby maintain and preserve the natural resources, which is a major source of tourist attraction."