Arroyo Colorado

July 31, 2006

Dear Arroyo Partners,

First of all, the new save the date for the next Arroyo Colorado Steering

Committee meeting is Wednesday, August 30, 2006. 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. I have been working with a few of our work group leaders on the draft plan and it is in agreement that more time is needed to finalize this draft. Thank you for your patience.

Attached for your review are DRAFT Steering Committee meeting notes from the January and May meetings. These are detailed notes concerning the plan and planning process and provide a lot of information for those who could not attend the meetings. Again, the following lists show the ranking of the top strategies for water quality improvement provided by all participating members and by participating Steering Committee members at the May 25, 2006, Steering Committee meeting.

Top Strategies in Order of Priority as Listed by All Participants in Ranking

Exercise

1. Regional constructed wetlands to treat flows from multiple sources and enhanced treatment of treated wastewater effluent tied as top priority.

2. Conserve and restore existing riparian and wetland habitats.

3. Test and promote existing and new BMPs which focus on water quality improvements.

4. Education and outreach.

5. Improve drainage ditches.

6. Fill data gaps for management decisions, education, and outreach, and reduce channel and streambank erosion tied in ranking.

7. Manage data with a Geographic Information System (GIS)

Top Strategies in Order of Priority as Listed by Participating Steering

Committee Members in Ranking Exercise

1. Regional constructed wetlands to treat flows from multiple sources and

enhanced treatment of treated wastewater effluent tied as top priority.

2. Conserve and restore existing riparian and wetland habitats.

3. Fill data gaps for management decisions, education, and outreach.

4. Test and promote existing and new BMPs which focus on water quality improvements.

5. Improve drainage ditches.

6. Education and outreach.

7. Reduce channel and streambank erosion.

8. Manage data with a Geographic Information System (GIS)

Also attached is the final "Pollution Reduction Plan for the Arroyo Colorado".

Currently, there is work in progress to put together a proposal to fund all

of the enhanced wastewater treatment projects identified for the near-term period of 2006-2010. I will keep you posted on that grant application.

Speaking of grant applications, word was just received that our pre-proposal

(nomination) applying for the state Coastal Impact Assessment Program (CIAP)

funds to conduct a feasibility study for a regional wetland system was not accepted. This is a very competitive grant and we will reapply next year. The good news is seven (7) other projects proposed for Cameron County have been selected to proceed to the next step of submitting a full grant proposal for these state CIAP funds. The grant game is sort of a numbers game, and we will continue to submit applications.

I will keep you posted,

Laura