Arroyo Colorado

November 3, 2004

Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee and Workgroup Members,

First of all, I thank you for your participation in the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Steering Committee and Workgroups. As your new Watershed Coordinator, I would like to briefly introduce myself and review some of my job responsibilities. My name is Laura De La Garza. I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in geology. I worked over 12 years as a professional geologist specializing ground and surface water issues before returning to UT Austin for graduate studies in community and regional planning. I am honored to have been selected for this position and look forward to working with you on this effort to improve the quality of water in the Arroyo Colorado.

I would also like to introduce Dr. John Jacob, Environmental Quality Specialist and Coastal Community Development Specialist for Texas Sea Grant, part of the Texas A&M University system. Dr. Jacob and Texas Sea Grant are under contract with the TCEQ to provide the Watershed Coordinator position and Dr. Jacob is part of our Arroyo Team. Dr. Jacob will be providing expertise and support to this project and will also participate in the effort to write the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan (WPP).

My overall responsibility is to coordinate, facilitate, and document the proceedings of the Arroyo Steering Committee and to facilitate the development of the WPP. This includes the responsibility to insure the flow of information. With this, I will be sending bi-weekly updates.

I will also be developing an Arroyo Colorado web-site that should be available January 2005. In the meantime, meeting summaries and general information about the Arroyo Colorado WPP is available on the TCEQ website: In the search box, enter "Arroyo Colorado Watershed" and follow the link to the Steering Committee page.

Mark your calendars. The next Arroyo Steering Committee is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, December 2, 2004, 7pm to 9pm at the Harlingen Public Library. I will be sending a notice and agenda in the near future.

Again, thanks for your participation! Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about our project. I am happy to be working for you!

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

(956) 968-2132 office

(956) 969-0649 fax