Mike – FYI
Floods Come – Mouth Still Closed
The attached picture of the mouth of the San Bernard was taken by Bert Smith 4-25-16. Though the San Bernard is, and has been at flood stage, the mouth of the river remains clogged with sand. Its closure is holding water in the flooded channel and adding a dangerous current at the intersection of the San Bernard and the Intracoastal Canal.
For your information, I have also enclosed a picture of the Brazos following the Memorial Day flood in 2015 showing the sand it pours into the Gulf which causes the closure of the San Bernard. The Brazos is flooding again. As you may know, We have been testing the water Quality for Texas Stream Team since before the mouth was open the first time in 2009. I’ve attached a comparison chart showing the salinity in the Bernard for the last couple of years. Last year, the flood waters kept the river fresh for 8 months of the year. It started out this year fresh and just started to get a little salt back in it when this flood came. The result of the fresh water last year was that all the oysters in the general area are dead. We won’t get regrowth this year with so much silt and fresh water.
For more information and historical data, visit www.sanbernardtx.com.
Roy and Jan Edwards
Editor’s note: Check www.sanbernardtx.com to see the pictures referenced.