This from Jan Edwards, of Friends of The River San Bernard:

Under the federal R.E.S.T.O.R.E. Act, monies from the fines and penalties paid by British Petroleum for the Deepwater Horizon well blowout will be divided among the five Gulf States. Texas stands to get a $2 billion slice of the pie. This money must be used on projects:

Within 25 miles of the coast

Within 25 miles of the coastal zone

Within 25 miles of a tidally influenced section of a stream,bayou, or river.

The San Bernard River mouth dredging falls right in the middle of these requirements, and has been named a top priority for Brazoria County, and is also listed on the NOAA/Texas Sea Grant Hydrological Inventory of Coastal Projects that need funding. With the amount of money potentially available, a jetty or jetty system seems to be not out of the question.

This might be a sort of payback, since the jetties at the mouth of the “old” Brazos River – now the Freeport Harbor entrance – are largely considered responsible for the problems at the San Bernard, as well as beach erosion in Surfside.

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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