Arroyo Colorado

October 24, 2007

Arroyo Partners,

First of all, I want to remind you of tomorrow's Arroyo Colorado Watershed Steering Committee/Partnership meeting. It will be held in Weslaco in the RIO RED CLASSROOM of the Texas A&M Kingsville Citrus Center located at 312 N. International Blvd., Weslaco, Texas. Note that in the previous update I stated that it would be held in the Citrus Center Auditorium; however it has been changed back to our regular meeting place. Attached is the agenda. Come early for the food and refreshments sponsored by the City of Brownsville.

I hope that you can make this upcoming meeting as our special guest speaker will be Jim Tabak representing the Valley Land Fund. Mr. Tabak will provide a brief overview of the Valley Land Fund and there will be a discussion on the potential to partner on projects. At the meeting we will also provide updates on work group activities, discuss long term options for sustainability of the Partnership, and review some of the upcoming grant opportunities. Again, if you are interested in a WPP project and can take the lead in a grant application, please let Amy know and we will help develop the proposal and link partners.

Congratulations to the City of Pharr for the turn-out at their "Pharr Out Nature Day" event. To my understanding, the annual event started three years ago with 18 people in attendance. This year over 250 people turned out for the educational event. I know that many of our cities and community organizations sponsor similar events. If you, your city or organization would like to let our Partnership know of your planned event, let me know and I will be happy to share the information with our group. Speaking of events, this weekend Estero Llano Grande is sponsoring a "Spooky Science Event." See the attached flyer for more information and remember that Rio Reforestation is also happening this Saturday.

Hope to see you tomorrow,