Arroyo Colorado

March 2, 2005

Arroyo Partners,

Did you know that the Arroyo Colorado watershed is within the jurisdiction of the Nueces River Authority? This is a good thing because the NRA is a valuable resource as they have a lot of experience with watershed issues and are part of a continuous monitoring effort on the Arroyo. In 1991, the Texas Legislature passed the Texas Clean Rivers Act which requires basin-wide water quality assessments. Under this act, the Texas Clean Rivers Program, the NRA, and the TCEQ work together to identify and evaluate surface water quality issues and establish priorities for corrective action. The NRA and the TCEQ Region 15 are currently monitoring five (5) sites in the Arroyo tidal segment and three (3) sites on the above tidal segment. For more information on the NRA and to access the monitoring data go to www.

The 2005 Valley Water Summit was held last week. The conference provided an opportunity to share experiences and ideas related to water supply issues. Of special interest to our Arroyo project was the "Wetland Water Reuse Project" presented by the Tarrant Regional Water District and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. To quote the flyer, "The wetland water reuse project demonstrates that using wetlands as a natural filter treatment system eliminates the need to build biological or chemical treatment plants to achieve suitable water quality, reduces the need for new reservoirs and enhances wildlife habitat." WOW! In the break-out work group session we discussed the applicability to the Arroyo Colorado watershed with agreement that this could be applied to our watershed. If we want something like this, let's open the discussions. Reply and let me know what you think or come to one or all of our next group of meetings scheduled for mid-April.

Speaking of meetings, note the new schedule of meetings:

Outreach and Education Workgroup - April 12th, 3 to 5 pm, Citrus Center

Wastewater Infrastructure Work Group - April 13th, 2:30 to 4:30 pm, Citrus Center

Agricultural Issues Work Group - April 14th, 10am to 12 noon, Citrus Center

Habitat Work Group - April 14th, 2 to 4 pm, Citrus Center

The "Steering Committee" Meeting/ Arroyo Partnership Meeting, 6-9 pm, Citrus Center-this is a quarterly public meeting with a social from 6-7pm.

Heads up on a Non Point Source Pollution Workshop hosted by the City of Brownsville. The workshop will be held at the public library located at 2600 Central Blvd on the morning Tuesday March 8, 2005. A repeat session will held on Thursday the 10th. Both workshops will be from 9 a.m. until 12 p. m. The purpose of the workshop is to help educate and inform stakeholders about the new Phase II Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) regulations. This outreach effort is intended as an introduction to recently enacted construction site permitting requirements. See the attachments for more information and the registration form.

One final note, your Watershed Coordinator is taking personal leave until March 14th. Don't let this stop you from responding or moving forward with thoughts and ideas on the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan. Remember that we have this year to draft this plan and I can't believe it is already March. What is most important is this process is your input. I will get back to all question or inquiries when I return.

All is good,

Laura