October 1, 2007
Hola Arroyo Partners!
Thanks to all who participated in last week’s meetings and to the folks who made it in from out of town for those meetings. Both the Wastewater Infrastructure (WWI) Work Group and the Texas Watch sponsored Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan (ACWPP) meetings were very informative and great venues for information exchange. Special thanks goes out to Dr. John DaGraca and the TAMUK Citrus Center staff for opening their doors for these events.
Wastewater infrastructure improvement agreements made by our cities as part of the ACWPP were reviewed during the WWI work group meeting. Attached is a summary of that review. Representatives from a number of participating cities reported on their activities as related to wastewater improvements and the city of San Juan reported on the development status of their enhanced treatments system which includes a nature park for educational activities. Again, our cities and public utilities must be recognized and commended for their work in improving wastewater treatment and infrastructure and for doing enhanced treatment and/or reuse.
Texas Watch and the River Systems Institute also deserve recognition for hosting the September 22nd ACWP meeting. It was a great opportunity for Partnership members to get together and discuss projects and perspectives as we move forward with plan implementation. A highlight of the meeting was the unveiling of the physical watershed model. Attached are a few pictures of the model. This model is on permanent loan to the Partnership from the Nueces River Authority and will be made available to area educators after training on how to handle (it is 3’x 7’) and demonstrate it.
Work continues on the Coastal Management Program grant applications due October 10, 2007. One important part of the grant applications are letters of support. Again, the three projects we are seeking funding for are titled:
- Feasibility and Site Suitability Analysis for Wetland Treatment Systems in the Arroyo Colorado Watershed
- Development of an Arroyo Colorado Outreach and Education Center at Rio Hondo
- Pest Management Education in the Coastal Zone of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed
On a final note, one of the goals of the Arroyo watershed plan is to protect and restore valuable terrestrial habitat areas throughout the watershed and to support ongoing efforts of federal, state and local agencies and other organizations to implement habitat conservation objectives. Partners, we have an opportunity to participate in a habitat restoration project sponsored by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Project Rio Reforestation XVI will be held on Saturday October 13, 2007, from 8:00 am to noon in San Benito. See attached flyer for more information. I plan on attending and hope to see you there.
Happy Fall, Laura