On January 22, 2013, at 9 AM, Brazoria County Commissioner’s Court will consider the following resolution concerning re-dredging the mouth of the San Bernard River:

WHEREAS, Studies performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined the closing of the Mouth of the San Bernard River was causing serious negative impacts to the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW); and
WHEREAS, the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association stated in 2009 that the backup of tidal flows and floodwater in the GIWW at the Brazos Floodgates resulted in delays and damages to shippers and barge carriers of over 3 million dollars annually; and
WHEREAS, to alleviate the serious safety hazards at the Brazos River Floodgates the USACE along with Texas Department of Transportation as the Project Sponsor funded the project to dredge the Mouth of the San Bernard River which was completed in March of 2009; and
WHEREAS, in December 2012 the Mouth of the San Bernard River once again silted closed thereby threatening to cause the same hazardous and economic impacts as previously determined.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Brazoria County Commissioners’ Court does hereby urge our Federal and State Officials to promptly consider and approve the necessary funding to open the mouth of the San Bernard River and to also budget the funds needed for continued maintenance dredging to alleviate any future hazardous dangers to the GIWW.
APPROVED this 22nd day of January, 2013.

For those who would like to attend and lend support, the meeting takes place in the 1st Floor Commissioner’s Courtroom, Suite 100A in the County Courthouse, Angleton, Texas.

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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  1. The Resolution was postponed in January but will be back on the agenda for Commissioner’s Court on February 12, 9 a.m. in Angleton. If you can, show up for support of this idea. We all need to wrok together to reopen the mouth on an emergency basis before we have major consequences at the west gate of the Brazos!

  2. Frank Truax says:

    All this free money and debt being given by this Administration it looks like projects like these should be at the top of the list instead of funding contributors projects that eventually go bankrupt!

  3. Well, Albert Smith flew over the mouth of the Bernard on 5-11 and took another picture of the San Bernard River mouth. The rains we had were not helpful at all opening the river’s mouth – in fact, there is even more sand. Contact your federal, state and local officials and tell them you want the mouth of the river opened. Also, check out for documentation on shy that is important.
    Mike, I’d like to attach a copy of that picture, but I can’s find a way to do so.

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