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.