Arroyo Colorado

April 14, 2006

Dear Arroyo Partners,

First of all, thanks to all who helped finalize the logo and tag line for our Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership and our effort to restore and protect the Arroyo Colorado and Lower Laguna Madre. Over fifty (50) members voiced their preference and Option A (the Kingfisher not in a box) received the significant majority of votes. Our designers have modified the logo slightly based on the responses and it looks really good! So does our new promotional brochure. We are in final layout and will have the new printed brochures next week. This brochure highlights the major components of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan (ACWPP) as proposed by our workgroups and approved by our Steering Committee to date, briefly describes our partnership, and describes what is needed to keep this effort moving. I look forward to sending it out to you next week.

If you want to hear about the status and components of the ACWPP in person, next Wednesday, April 19, 2006, I will be presenting the current plan at the United States Section of International Boundary and Water Commission, Lower Rio Grande Citizens' Forum. This is a public meeting from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the University of Texas-Brownsville, 3rd Floor Conference Center, Science & Engineering Technology Building. See the attachment for details and directions. I appreciate this opportunity to present as we continue to solicit community responses, and support, for our proposed plan. If you cannot attend our next Steering Committee and Partnership meeting scheduled for Thursday April 27, 2006, try to come to this one and get an update on other regional projects.

Speaking of the Steering Committee and Partnership meeting, you are invited to attend our upcoming meeting. Again, it will be held on Thursday April 27, 2006, from 6-9 pm in the Rio Red Classroom of the Citrus Center located at 312 N. International Blvd, Weslaco, Texas. The first integrated draft of the ACWPP will be distributed with discussions on some of the finer points. We will also have a presentation from a representative of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Storm Water Task Force on proposed best management practices to address nonpoint source pollution from our urban and developing areas. If time permits, I will show our new promotional PowerPoint presentation, developed in collaboration with our consultants, highlighting the major components of the plan. Please come and help us finalize this proposed plan of action!

In closing, I want to congratulate two of our partners, Georgiana and James Matz for being selected in a new Texas Parks and Wildlife Department special recognition category of Small Acreage Land Steward for the 2006 Lone Star Land Steward Award program. This program honors those who have demonstrated dedicated stewardship of the land through excellence in wildlife habitat management. Again, congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Matz and thank you for your dedicated work!

Have a Happy and Safe Easter,

Laura