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The Houston Chronicle published this article (linked with permission of the source) about the problems the barge industry has navigating the intersection of the Brazos River at the Gulf Intracoastal Canal.
The problems at the Brazos floodgates were one reason that the mouth of the San Bernard was opened in 2009. It is interesting to note that (per this article) barge traffic has increased by 40% over the past three years. In 2011, the USACE stated that cargo crossing this intersection was 94 MILLION DOLLARS PER DAY. Increase that by 40 % and cargo now passing through this intersection averages approximately 132 MILLION DOLLARS PER DAY– 87% of that cargo is petrochemical which is potentially hazardous to human health and the environment.
The article also accurately accounts other points of information which pertain to our quest to re-open the mouth of the San Bernard River.
Easier Access to the Upper San Bernard River
from April 1, 2015 “The Facts” about the public boat ramp under construction at Hanson Park, just west of West Columbia. The ramp is scheduled for completion in late June, 2015.
The section of the San Bernard that this boat ramp will service is one of the most beautiful sections of the river where majestic oak and pecan trees overhang the channel. Birding opportunities are abundant and fishing there can be outstanding.
This section of river contains a low head, salt water exclusion dam upstream about 3 ½ miles from the new ramp and would make for a leisurely day trip for canoe or kayak.
Hanson Park and the new boat ramp are located at the southeast corner of the intersection of the San Bernard River at the Hwy. 35 bridge, about 3 miles west of the intersection of Hwys.35 and 36 in West Columbia.
See you on the river!

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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 Texas Hunt Fish Click HERE 
2014 Hurricane Guide click HERE

2-28-2014: The Facts: San Bernard fix in the works

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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".