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                                     Pictures Show Brazos Influence on San Bernard
The following pictures were taken by Bert Smith on 5-7-16 and show the influence of April 15, 2016 Brazos flood waters on the San Bernard River.
Each picture is preceded by a notation showing what you are looking at.
-       The Brazos flood waters flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. 
The Intercoastal Canal at the San Bernard River, looking east toward Freeport. It shows the red flood waters from the April 15 flood
backing Brazos River water into the Intracoastal Canal and the San Bernard River watershed. Note that the San Bernard waters on
the Gulf side of the Intracoastal Canal are somewhat less red and turbid than those on the land side.

 The closed mouth of the San Bernard River. Note its tendency to cut a path toward Sargent.

Floods Come – Mouth Still Closed
This picture of the mouth of the San Bernard was taken by Bert Smith 4-25-16. Though the San Bernard is, and has been at flood stage,
the mouth of the river remains clogged with sand. It’s closure is holding water in the flooded channel  and  adding a dangerous current at
the intersection of the San Bernard and the Intracoastal Canal.

Grant Update
Today is April 15, 2016 – the deadline to have grant applications for the first round of RESTORE Act funds submitted. Per Commissioner Dude Payne, the county’s grant application to reopen the mouth of the San Bernard has been submitted by the deadline. Now, it’s just a waiting game. There should be some news by August or September. Keep the good thoughts.
On page 5A (the Opinion page) of March 24, 2016’s Facts, Tobey Baker wrote an editorial concerning the funds to be disseminated in the state of Texas re the BP oil disaster through the RESTORE Act. It touches on the grant process that Brazoria County is acting on to accomplish a couple of projects in the county. Opening the mouth of the San Bernard is one of those projects. It puts the process in layman’s terms.

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  English   Spanish
2015 Hurricane Guide clickHERE


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

Mike Holmes Texas Hunt Fish  click HERE

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".