Arroyo Colorado

December 23, 2004

Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee and Workgroup Members,

It is Christmas week and most people's minds are on those last minute gift items and holiday activities. Good luck, safe shopping, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Attached are the DRAFT meeting summary notes for the Wastewater Infrastructure Workgroup (WIW) meeting held on December 2, 2004. Again, we had a great turn out and in this first meeting Roger Miranda of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) gave a presentation that discussed the history of the TCEQ work on the Arroyo, the Arroyo total maximum daily load (TMDL) study, and where we are heading in the drafting of the Arroyo watershed protection plan (WPP). The summary notes are somewhat lengthy but I thought it was important to detail these notes as a lot of important information was presented. If you attended the meeting, please review the notes and submit any comments to me. We will finalize these summary notes at the next WIW meeting. Between now and the next quarterly meeting, I will be contacting a number of the wastewater treatment facility managers and their city representatives to set up meetings to discuss the TCEQ wastewater system reviews.

A number of people requested a copy of Roger's PowerPoint presentation. That presentation can be downloaded from: One of the new business items from the December 2, 2004, Arroyo Steering Committee meeting is the formation of a task group to re-evaluate the membership of the twenty-four voting members of the Steering Committee. Attached is HB 2912, Section 1.10 that states the protocol and requirements of advisory committees for the State. Currently, Don Hockaday, Paul Bergh, Javier Guerrero, and Ashley Almon have volunteered to serve on this task group. Anyone is welcome to join this group. We will most likely meet a 2-3 times before the next Steering Committee with the task of drafting a suggested list of diverse individual stakeholders who will represent our Arroyo Group. The entire Arroyo group has a voice in this process as this is a consensus-based planning effort however; the twenty-four member advisory group will be our official representation. Please let me know if you are interested in participating. Our first meeting will be at the end of January.

FYI, the Outreach and Education workgroup will be meeting Tuesday, January 18, 2005 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Harlingen on the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Campus. I will be sending out a separate meeting announcement and agenda to our O&E work group members the first week of January. If you are interested in participating in this work group, again, please let me know. That is all for now.


Laura De La Garza

Arroyo Colorado Watershed Coordinator

Texas Sea Grant

Office Location:

Texas A & M Kingsville Citrus Research Center

312 N. International Blvd.

Weslaco, Texas 78596

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