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Dateline: 10-20-16

Cowtrap Lake Project

If you’ve been out to the Cowtrap Lake off the Intracoastal Canal recently, you have noticed two barges, two push boats, and a backhoe currently working in Cowtrap Lake.

In order to slow erosion, keep grasses down, and provide nesting for those wading birds that prefer a bare, hard surfaced nesting area, Ducks Unlimited has recommended that the southernmost man-made island berms on the northwest corner of Cowtrap Lake, be covered with a crushed limestone like product. The work is progressing on or ahead of schedule and should be completed by this weekend.

Public Comments Needed for San Bernard Mouth Restoration
If you want to help reopen the mouth of the San Bernard, here is your chance. Currently, the Corps of Engineers has posted a public notice (SWG-2015-00603) for comments on a permit application proposal to re-dredge the San Bernard River mouth and dredge every 2 years. Public comments must reach the Corps by September 16, 2016. Please read the documentation and send in your comments supporting this project. Now is your time to help the river. 
Read the full Public Notice: http: click HERE
Here’s a synopsis of the project:
Public Notice No. SWG-2015-00603, the applicant proposes to hydraulically dredge approximately 123,000 cubic yards of material from the existing channel of the San Bernard River, and the project site is located in the San Bernard River, the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Cedar Lakes, and adjacent waters, southwest of Freeport, in Brazoria County, Texas, has been published by the Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on our website at Comments are due in this office no later than 16 September 2016.
How to Send Comments on Regulatory Division Public Notices: Send comments to the Regulatory Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, and P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, Texas 77553-1229 or by electronic mail to our Public Notice Comment Email  ( ). Comments made in reference to a public notice should include your name, address, phone number and the Department of the Army permit number referenced in the public notice (SWG-2015-00603).  409-766-3869 Phone 409-766-6301 Fax.

The opening from Cedar Lake # 4 into the Gulf of Mexico cut late 2015 by Brazos flood water backing up into the
Intracoastal Canal and the lower San Bernard had closed. See the attached picture taken by Brian Wilson 1-29-16.
the aerial Bert Smith took 11-19-15.

The attached pictures, taken by Bert Smith Thursday afternoon , November 19, 2015, is of the cut between the fourth Cedar Lake and the Gulf of Mexico. The cut basically follows the old Cedar Lake Creek channel, the Brazoria/Matagorda County line.

The mouth of the San Bernard is still closed.

In addition, there is also a picture of the Brazos showing the massive amounts of sand it is spewing into the Gulf which is travelling to the mouth of the San Bernard.

Everybody - Roy and I have been monitoring the mouth area of the San Bernard River for Texas Stream Team since late 2008 - before the mouth was open the first time, the dredging, the slow closing again and now the fight to reopen it. Our river and the latest pictures (thanks Bert Smith) have made their e-newsletter for December. Scroll down (RESSTORE Act to the Rescue?) and Check it out in the link.
Here is the link:

Brazoria County Hurricane Preparedness Expo 
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2015 Hurricane Guide click

This series of pictures of the San Bernard River mouth and surrounding area were taken 3-14-15 by Albert Smith from approximately 5,000 feet. The San Bernard is enlarged by rains the previous week. A couple of things to note are : in the mouth picture, the water turning toward Sargent; in the ICW looking toward Sargent, the number of barges stacked up in the ICW; in the River’s End Community picture, the enlargement of the river (this area is called “the narrows” and is usually the narrowest part of the San Bernard going to the Gulf).

Mike Holmes Mouth update 
2015 Mouth Update Progress

 Mike Holmes Texas Hunt Fish Click
2-28-2014: The Facts: San Bernard fix in the works

Mike Holmes Texas Hunt Fish  click

To monitor water movement at the Brazos Floodgates, go to: 

(This article and previous ones can be found on tPrevious Articles)

Pictures of the San Bernard River mouth have been moved to page "Mouth Pictures".