www.restorethetexascoast.org has posted an update on the Multi-Year Implementation Plan for Bucket 1 of the RESTORE Act funds of which the re-opening of the mouth of the San Bernard is included. Initial thoughts are that this is good news for us because there is now MORE money to spend on these projects than originally planned.
UPDATE ON DRAFT MULTI-YEAR IMPLEMENTATION PLAN (MIP) FOR BUCKET 1 FUNDING – JULY 13, 2017
The public comment period for the draft MIP ended on June 30, 2017 and over 1400 comments were received. The comments are being reviewed as the next stage in the on-going evaluation process to determine activities for inclusion in Texas’ MIP, as well as the final determination of what will be applied for funding and ultimately what will receive funding through grant contracts with the TCEQ. Due to ongoing payments into the RESTORE Trust Fund, the total funding available under the Direct Component (Bucket 1) grant program now exceeds the $56 million originally identified in the RFGA.
Any questions concerning the Bucket 1 process discussed above should be directed to the TCEQ’s Procurements and Contracts section in the Office of Administrative Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a reminder, check this web site periodically to ensure that you have the latest update on this and other RESTORE-related activities.
For more information and for updates go to www.restorethetexascoast.org and continue monitoringwww.sanbernardtx.com
Muddy Brazos Adds to the San Bernard Sands
The following pictures are of the San Bernard and Brazos River mouths taken 2-1-25-17 by Bert Smith.
The picture of the San Bernard terminus (not really a mouth anymore) is looking west toward Sargent. Looks like it is making a slow march west since it cannot get out of its mouth.
The two pictures of the Brazos mouth (after the recent rains) show the Brazos is again sending large amounts of sand west - further occluding the mouth of the San Bernard.
2-17-2017 4:20 PM
San Bernard River Mouth project to reopen the mouth HAS BEEN APPROVED
for the first round of funding!!
Our project made the short list. There is still work to be done before we actually get it done. There will be a 45 day public comment period so keep looking at www.restorethetexascoast.org to know when to send in your comments. We still have work to do. Here's the information from www.restorethetexascoast.com UPDATE: BUCKET 1 DRAFT PROJECT LIST
[Current as of 2/17/2017]
In consultation with the Office of the Governor a draft list of projects has been developed for the next phase of the evaluation to determine RESTORE Bucket 1 grant program recipients.
Please click here to view the draft list, including general information on each project.
The draft list was developed through a competitive process that began with a Request for Grant Applications (RFGA). Over 200 project applications requesting a combined total of $1.1 billion were received and reviewed to develop the draft list.
The next phase of the evaluation process will involve developing the draft Texas Multi-Year Implementation Plan (MIP), which will include the draft project list, as required under the RESTORE Act. The MIP with the draft project list will be posted for public comment in the Texas Register, as well as on the web site, http://www.restorethetexascoast.org/. During the 45-day comment period the public will have an opportunity to provide input and comments on the draft MIP as well as the draft project list. Comments received will be taken into consideration in the development of the final Texas MIP, including a final project list. The final MIP will be submitted to the U.S. Treasury for acceptance.
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT PROJECT LIST
ARE NOT BEING ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME
Approximately $66 million is currently available for Texas Bucket 1 RESTORE grants, which is a reimbursement program. A project’s inclusion on either the draft MIP or in the final MIP does not guarantee that it will receive a RESTORE Bucket 1 grant. Upon Treasury’s acceptance of the state’s MIP, including the project list, Commissioner Baker, in consultation with the Governor, will determine which projects will move forward to the federal grant application phase. Project funding becomes available only after the federal grant applications have been submitted and approved by Treasury. These applications cannot be submitted until after Treasury has accepted the state’s MIP.
Please see attached pictures of the Closed mouth of the San Bernard River, 2 pictures of the Brazos mouth forming a bar and sending even more sand toward the San Bernard (please note in picture 3 - the Brazos looking East – showing the sand build-up on the San Bernard side) and finally the picture of the closed Cedar Lake “Cut” taken by Bert Smith 2-12-17. That is significant because now, the waters coming down the San Bernard will again have to turn toward the Brazos floodgates to find the Gulf of Mexico. If past history is indicative of the present conditions, the currents at the west gate of the Brazos may soon cause major problems for the barge industry crossing the Brazos.
Here are four photos taken along the coast this past weekend. One is of the San Bernard Channel making its way west; one was taken directly over the Brazos mouth, the third is an east view looking towards Lost Lake and Redfish Cut towards the Brazos mouth; and the fourth is taken looking south at the Cedar Lakes cut... now closed up.