June 5, 2007
Dear Arroyo Partners,
I am happy to report back as watershed coordinator for the Arroyo Colorado. I have been hired by Texas Water Resource Institute (TWRI) to facilitate the implementation of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan. With this, I introduce Dr. C. Allan Jones, Director of TWRI, part of The Texas A&M University System. Dr. Jones and TWRI are under a grant contract with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to:
- assist with and track the implementation of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan (WPP),
- assess the effectiveness of the WPP in improving water quality,
- continue facilitation of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Steering Committee, and to
- provide the necessary outreach and education to ensure implementation of the plan.
This grant awarded to TWRI supports the position of Watershed Coordinator for the Arroyo Colorado watershed and establishes the position of Grant Writer/Water Quality Analyst. I now introduce you to Conrad Herrera, Grant Writer/Water Quality Data Analyst for the Arroyo Colorado. Conrad grew up in Rio Hondo, Texas, and has enjoyed many of the recreational benefits the Arroyo Colorado has to offer. He is delighted to have been selected to play a role in restoring and protecting the Arroyo Colorado. Last December, Conrad graduated from Texas State University with a B.S. degree in Geography with an emphasis in Resource and Environmental Studies. Let's welcome Conrad to our team and partnership and support him in the task of grant writing for the all important work of securing money to implement plan projects!
Arroyo Partners, you are critical to this mission of reducing the additions of pollutants to the Arroyo Colorado. Successful implementation of the plan will help the growing tourism and ecotourism business, create a better place to live, and potentially lead to greater economic building potential. I hope you are ready to get moving on some projects. Conrad is preparing a list of available grants and identifying potential projects that qualify for funding. We will let you know what is available. You can expect meeting notices, bimonthly e-mail updates, an improved website, and continued work on improving the quality of water in the Arroyo Colorado and the Lower Laguna Madre. We look forward to your continued support and inputs.