November 2, 2006
Dear Arroyo Partners,
I hope you have been able to take a look at "A Watershed Protection Plan for the Arroyo Colorado, Phase I." Again, this is a draft and it is available for download off our website www.arroyocolorado.org. A link is provided on the right side of the homepage highlighted by "New:" in red. The new deadline for comment is next Friday, November 10, 2006. I had hoped to give an additional week for review and comment on this document, however we are pressed to get it finalized and printed by the end of this year so that we can get on with the real business plan implementation. If you wish to comment on this document please do so ASAP. Send any comments and/or edits to email@example.com, and please copy firstname.lastname@example.org with ARROYO PLAN COMMENTS in the subject line. Again, this plan is recognized as a dynamic document that can and will be revised as we work to implement the strategies outlined. What is important about this plan is that it charts our course and identifies our priorities for seeking grants to fund projects that will not only improve the water quality, but foster economic prosperity and quality of life for us and our children.
In summary, the measures contained in the plan include:
- Construction of regional wetland systems to improve habitat and remove nutrients from urban and agricultural runoff
- Construction of small wetland cells and pond systems for removal of nutrients from treated wastewater
- Increased agricultural management designed to mitigate pollutants from farming in the watershed
- Revised effluent concentrations for existing and proposed wastewater treatment systems permitted by the State of Texas
- Improved wastewater infrastructure for municipalities and rural communities in the watershed
- Increased education and outreach efforts to inform and engage stakeholders and the public
- Water quality monitoring to assess the health of the Arroyo Colorado and to gain additional knowledge of the pollutant sources and water quality problems in the Arroyo Colorado
- Floodplain and stream stabilization to reduce bank erosion and improve riparian and aquatic environments.
- Improved management measures at and near the Port of Harlingen designed to mitigate unauthorized releases of fertilizer and sugar into the tidally influenced portion of the Arroyo Colorado
Enjoy the coolness,