Arroyo Colorado

January 20, 2005

Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee and Workgroup Members,

First of all, I want to congratulate the City of La Feria for being selected to receive a $500,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the creation of an 111 acre "La Feria Wildlife and Nature Park". This is a story of "turning lemons into lemonade". The story goes something like this: first we have an out-dated wastewater treatment system, compliance issues, fines, the search for grants, funding for a new wastewater treatment system, what to do with the old lagoons, the search for more grants, 25 acres of lagoons plus 86 acres of farmland, grant awarded, and now the people and City of La Feria will have a new wastewater treatment facility, trails, gardens, habitat, and recreation. This could be a model for our Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan. Again, BIG CONGRADULATIONS! to Sunny K. Philip and the others who participated in this effort.

OK, I need help. I need help in selecting better words to describe us, the Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee and Workgroup Members. We are actually more than that, we are the Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee, Workgroup Members, and others who come to meetings and are on the mailing/email notification list. What should I call us? The Arroyo Group? The Arroyo ColoradoWatershed Partnership? The Arroyo Watershed Team? The Arroyo Colorado Management Team? El Groupo Arroyo? Please provide suggestions or else I will call us something boring like the Arroyo Group. I need this not only for addressing us, but for our website. PLEASE make some suggestions. Hopefully, we will vote on a name at the next "Steering Committee" meeting planned for early March. Speaking of Steering Committee, the meeting notes for the December meeting have been drafted and are being reviewed. I will have them for you the next update.

And finally, we are hosting an informal visit by Bobby Hernandez and Jim Herrington of the EPA Region 6. I met Mr. Hernandez at the Watershed Partnership Seminar I went to this past November and he expressed interest in our watershed issues. Next week, from 9 am to 4 pm on January 26, a group of Arroyo Stakeholders will accompany Mr. Hernandez and Mr. Herrington on a field tour of the Arroyo. We will show them the headwaters and work our way down the Arroyo to Adolf Tome Park. Let me know if you are interested in joining this group. Sitting is limited and priority will go to workgroup members.  The purpose of this tour is exchange of information and with this, EPA support for future funding. If you cannot make the trip, I will be sure to provide highlights.

I hope to be hearing from you,

Laura

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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