Arroyo Colorado

December 8, 2004

Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee and Workgroup Members,

Last week was excellent! We had record turnouts at all three of our Arroyo Colorado Watershed meetings with many new Valley faces.

Last Thursday morning our Wastewater Infrastructure Workgroup (WIW) met for the first time. We had 36 people in attendance with representatives from eight municipalities. Also in attendance, was Solomon Torres, District Director for Congressman Ruben Hinojosa. Thanks to all who participated. The next bi-weekly report will include the meeting summary notes. What I want to say for now, is that our WIW is off to a good start and I look forward to working with our members.

Our Habitat Workgroup (HW) met in the afternoon and we had another great turnout! Tom Wilson (Mr. Harlingen Fun), of the City of Harlingen Park and Recreation Department presented Harlingen's parks programs and identified possible areas for constructed wetlands and habitat restoration. Our HW leader is very excited about these potential places for water and habitat restoration. We have grant money to do a feasibility study and our HW will work with engineers to determine the engineering design, construction methodology and project costs that would be associated with implementing restoration projects at one or more potential restoration sites. We will keep you posted on the progress of this effort.

And finally, we had the 7th Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee meeting with yes; you guessed it, another record turnout! Thirty-four (34) people met that evening to get updates on our Arroyo Workgroups including Saul Garcia from State Representative Aaron Pena Jr.'s office. Thanks to all who showed up at our evening meeting and special thanks to Harlingen Waterworks System for the party trays and beverages. Our guest speaker was Dr. John Jacob, Environmental Quality Specialist and Coastal Community Development Specialist for Texas Sea Grant and the Texas Cooperative Extension. Dr. Jacob presented what another watershed group is doing in the Houston area. He discussed the logistics of forming the Armand Bayou Watershed Partnership and their planning efforts to address flooding, water and habitat restoration, and overall watershed health. The summaries to all the meetings are being drafted and will be available soon.

Take Care and Enjoy this Delightful Valley Weather,

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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