Arroyo Colorado

November 30, 2007

Arroyo Partners,

Work continues on the development of four grant proposals to further the implementation of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan. One proposal to highlight is "Development and Implementation of Innovative Stormwater Regional Detention Facility Designs for Urban Stormwater Runoff Quality Improvement in the Arroyo Colorado Watershed". You would think the title says it all but it does not. If you have not seen the McAllen regional detention facility (RDF) located adjacent to the McCullough Middle School at Daffodil and 29th St, you should go and take a look.

The city of McAllen deserves recognition for development of this RDF that doubles as a sunken park and includes playing fields and a fishing pond. This is one of the facilities that the highlighted project proposes to study and enhance. Note that this proposed project falls under action six of the habitat component of the Arroyo plan, Implement projects that would detain stormwater runoff, reduce sediment load and reduce volume and velocity of runoff in drainage ditches and the Arroyo Colorado. Thanks to Dr. Kim Jones, his students and administrative staff, the city of McAllen and the Arroyo grant writing team for pulling the submittal together

There are several training events you may be interested in. First of all Harlingen Proud, a Keep Texas Beautiful affiliate, is sponsoring a "2007 South Texas Tree Conference" on December 6, 2007, in Harlingen, TX. Topics covered will include trees and electricity, tree risk assessments, compost and mulch for trees, advanced tree care, proper tree selection, and more. For questions or a registration form, please contact: Paul Johnson: (956) 969-5654, pjohnson@tfs.tamu.edu or Mandy Key: (956) 216-5302, mkey@myharlingen.us.

An Illegal Dumping Enforcement Training class (8 hour) has been scheduled for December 12, 2007 at the Sheriff's Department in Olmito, Cameron County. This is a chance to learn everything you need to know to stop illegal dumping in your community. All classes carry eight hours TCLEOSE and code enforcement credit (Free to CEAT members). For more information, visit www.tidrc.org/TrainingOpportunities.htm.

And finally, mark you calendars. The 7th Annual Sustainable Ag and Natural/Organic Gardening Conference is scheduled for January 18-19, 2007, in Edinburg, Texas. See the attached flier for more information.

Cheers,

Laura