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7-15-17 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.

What’s New:


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

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 and continue



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 to know when to send in your comments. We still have work to do. Here's the information from 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, 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.


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.

Commissioner Baker has completed his discretionary review of the projects and has presented an initial draft funding list to the Governor’s office for review. Once approved, the list will be published in the Texas Register for a 45 day public comment period, after which time the list will be submitt...

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.


From Bert:

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.


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".