Arroyo Colorado

September 18, 2007

Dear Arroyo Partners,

First of all, I want to introduce the newest member of our Arroyo Colorado Partnership. Amy Rangel joined the Texas Water Resources Institute this week and is working here with me in the watershed. Amy and Megan Meier, who assisted as the Grant Writer during the interim, will both serve the Arroyo Colorado Partnership by developing proposals and seeking grant dollars to fund our efforts of implementing the plan. In addition, Amy will be gathering previously collected Arroyo Colorado data to include in an easily accessible database. Amy can be contacted by email (asrangel@ag.tamu.edu) or phone (956.969.5677). Please welcome Amy and let her know if you have ideas for projects, proposals or grant programs that we need to pursue.

Secondly, I want to remind everyone about the Wastewater Infrastructure Work Group meeting scheduled for this Thursday September 20, 2007, from 10:00 am to noon. It will be held in the Rio Red Classroom of the Texas A&M Kingsville Citrus Center. Attached is the meeting agenda. Note that this meeting and all Partnership meetings are open to the general public.

This Saturday September 22, 2007, is a Texas Watch Regional Meeting focusing on the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan. The purpose of this event is to not only to present the current state of the watershed in terms of water quality and current plan implementation activities, but to recognize our Texas Watch volunteer water quality monitors. This forum will also provide the general public an opportunity to share concerns and information regarding the LRGV and Arroyo Colorado Watershed. See the attached meeting announcement and agenda. This should prove to be an interesting event with activities to begin at 10:30 am. A free lunch will be provided at noon by Texas State University's River System Institute so please RSVP to Terry Wendland at tw05@txstate.edu or toll free at (877) 506-1401.

A highlight of the event will be the unveiling of 3'x 7' physical watershed model of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Arroyo Colorado Watershed. Months have gone into planning, engineering, and construction of this model and it will be demonstrated just before lunch. Again, we need to recognize and thank Sky Lewey of the Nueces River Authority, and Dr. Jude Benavides and Anthony Reisinger of UTB for the time and effort to produce this model, and the Texas Clean Rivers Program for funding the production of this valuable educational tool. Hope you can see it this Saturday!

Mark you calendars. Texas A&M Kingsville and the LRVG Storm Water Task Force is sponsoring a nonpoint source pollution conference on South Padre Island on October 17 - 18, 2007. Their will be talks on storm water MS4 permits, regional detention facilities, low impact development, sanitary sewer overflows, the Arroyo Colorado, and more.

On a final note, implementation of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan continues on many levels. Sub-task groups are working on final development of four Coastal Management Program proposals, the agricultural nonpoint source assessment project is active along with the agricultural BMP implementation and education. This Thursday we will get a report from cities on progress being made in terms of wastewater infrastructure improvements and the enhanced individual wetland projects.

Stay tuned,

Laura