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River Mouth Inspection
Posted on Aug 3rd, 2013

Below is a reprint of an article about the river mouth first published on the FOR San Bernard website on Sep. 13, 2011. Col. Christopher W. Sallese, pictured below, retired from USACE Galveston on July 9, 2013 and received the de Fleury medal. Retirement ceremony.  
He relinquished command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District to Col. Richard P. Pannell
On September 12, 2011, an informal inspection and observation of the river mouth was done. It was attended by reps from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Congressman Ron Paul, Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept., Texas Dept. of Transportation, Port Freeport, City of Brazoria, Friends Of the River and concerned river residents.
Everyone agreed there is a problem. The Corps of Engineers is facing a reduced annual operating budget, cut by 50 million dollars for the gulf coast district. There may be a need for a complete enviromental impact study before anything can be done to reopen the mouth. The Corps is going to start the process on what may be required. This process will be lengthy.
  ––Mike Goodson,
FOR San Bernard
Mouth Committee
Michelle Matte, Operations Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers listens to COL Christopher W. Sallese, District Engineer and Commanding Officer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston as he reviews what may lie ahead for the San Bernard.
Standing on the beach at the Gulf, Col Sallese and Dianna Kile from Ron Paul's office, got a look at the sand buildup at the mouth of the river.
More photos of mouth inspection
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Comment By: Barbara Churchill-Shindler
Posted on Dec 14, 2011

I am just curious, has anyone determined why the river began closing in the first place? I remember playing on the beach at the mouth in the late 50's early 60's and it was very wide then.

Comment By: Nick Fratila
Posted on Dec 14, 2011

Barbara, the problem with the mouth of San Bernard river started after the Brazos river mouth was moved much closer to the San Bernard mouth; it was after you visited the mouth in the 50's and 60's. Brazos river deposits a lot of sand at the mouth, sand which flows south and block San Bernard river mouth


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