September 22, 2006
Greetings Arroyo Partners,
First of all, I need to acknowledge Joe Hinojosa as a new Steering Committee member representing the Lower Rio Grande Valley TPDES Storm Water Task Force and the City of Brownsville. As interim chairperson for the Storm Water Task Force, he replaces Don Medina. Joe has been actively involved in our Partnership participating in a number of meetings and lending valuable advice on storm water runoff issues. Joe's place on the Steering Committee was approved at the August 30, 2006 meeting. Welcome Joe!
Another outcome from the last Steering Committee meeting was the suggestion to
have of a special task group to look into what would be involved in forming
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Filing for this status will increase funding opportunities. A subcommittee is needed to provide the Steering Committee information regarding the process and requirements for creating such an organization from our existing Partnership. If you have experience or are interested in participating in this effort, please let me know as soon as possible. We would like to provide the Steering Committee an explanation at the next Steering Committee meeting scheduled for October 5, 2006.
Speaking of the meeting, the next Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee and Partnership meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 5, 2006, 4PM-7PM in the Rio Red Classroom of the Citrus Center Weslaco, Texas. Agenda items include the draft plan, the formation of a nonprofit, and the shrimp farm issue. Note we are in process of integrating the first set of comments into the draft plan and will make that available to the entire Partnership next week. You will
have opportunity to submit comments on the revised draft before, and at, the next Steering Committee meeting, and if additional time is needed, we can bring that up before the committee.
Another task group is forming to advise our Steering Committee on the shrimp farm issue. A couple of our Steering Committee members brings to our attention the notice of application and preliminary decision for two industrial wastewater discharge permits within the Arroyo Colorado watershed. Taiwan Shrimp Village Association Inc. and Arroyo Aquaculture Association - Permit No. WQ0003596000, and Southern Star - Permit No. WQ000424400, are in process of renewing their permits. Both of these permits are up for public comment. A special task group is being formed to review the relevant documents and make a report to the Steering Committee at the October 5th meeting. Please let me know if you are interested in participating in this task group.
One final note, we have a great opportunity to clean out our garages and homes of unused household chemicals, pesticides, paints, and used motor oil so they don't end up in our drains or landfills. Next Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 8 AM to 1 PM, a FREE collection service is happening in Raymondville at the Willacy Coop located at the intersection of Hwy 77 and Rains County Road. This happens only every two years so let's take advantage of this service NOW! See the attached flyer for more information.