Arroyo Colorado

February 7, 2008

Dear Arroyo Partners,

Since the last update, three Arroyo Colorado Watershed meetings were held. All the meetings were very productive and provided a good exchange of information. The meeting summary notes are available on our website under the partnership pages; along with the PowerPoint presentations presented at these meetings.

Meeting highlights include:

In regards to recent grant submittals, we did not get funded for any of the projects submitted to the General Land Office (GLO) under the Coastal Management Program (CMP) grant program. As stated before, grant acquisition is somewhat a numbers game; grants are very competitive and we improve with each submittal. Case in point, we did not qualify for a particular grant last year, however we are in a better position this next funding round. What is also driven home is the need for other sources of funding. As the Arroyo Partnership investigates long-term sustainability of this organization we are forced to develop a business plan; in this we are identifying other funding options to support us.

Reminder, the Ocelot Festival is happening this Saturday at the Marine Military Academy, Memorial Center in Harlingen, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you have not seen the big Arroyo watershed model, this is another opportunity. See the attached flyer for more details on this exciting educational event. Also, February is Valley Arbor Month. As you may know trees improve quality of life, increase property value, reduce air pollution, save energy, reduce soil and wind erosion, and more! Go to www.valleyproud.org for more information.

On a final note, welcome to our new Partners who are receiving this Arroyo update for the first time!

Happy tree planting,

Laura