July 14, 2006
Dear Arroyo Partners,
Save the date, August 17, 2006, for the next Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee meeting. It will be held at the same place, Texas A & M Kingsville Citrus Center, however the meeting will begin at 4:00 PM verses 6:00 PM. This will be a very important meeting as the near final draft of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan will be distributed and discussed. I will send more details on the plan and the agenda for this upcoming meeting as August 17th approaches.
Attached for your preview is the revised promotional brochure highlighting major plan strategies. Also attached are a few of the maps generated for the plan. We need to thank the Texas Clean Rivers Program and the Nueces River Authority for funding the layout of the improved brochure and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for funding the next printing. I also need to acknowledge Ricardo Lopez, Texas Cooperative Extension/Texas Sea Grant, for his fine work in generating maps for inclusion in the plan.
As we work to finalize the plan, a few of our partnering cities are participating in a 319 grant application to fund wetland systems to treat a portion of their wastewater effluent as well as urban storm water runoff. Hats off to the City of La Feria for passing a resolution to dedicate matching funds of no less than $103,200, or forty percent (40%), for the construction of a 10.75 acre wetland system. Note that they can and will use the grant funds they received from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the construction of a Wildlife and Nature Park as matching funds for this project.
Speaking of grants, the following grants are currently available for
• A funding opportunity from the Army Corps of Engineers for federal partnership project funding of $100,000 to $1,000,000 for estuary habitat restoration projects. No money is transferred to the applicant in this funding arrangement (the Corps funds its portion of the project directly), but the federal portion of a cost-share agreement can cover up to 85% of the project cost. Deadline for application is August 14, 2006 and more information can be found at: http://www.usace.army.mil/civilworks/cecwp/estuary_act/
• The National Park Service's River, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program is seeking projects that will create networks of trails, parks, rivers, greenways and open spaces. Deadline for application is August 1, 2006 and more information can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/rtca/contactus/applicationguidelines.pdf
• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting proposals for their funding opportunity titled "FY2006 Assessment and Watershed Protection Program Grants (AWPPGs)". Deadline for application is August 15, 2006 and more information can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/owow/funding/rfp.html
All these grants fund project inline with the soon to be out, Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan. Please let me know if you and your organization are interested in applying for any of these grants and I will be happy to work with you.
Hope you are having a great summer, Laura