Arroyo Colorado

July 18, 2008

Dear Arroyo Partners,

First of all, this is a reminder that there will be a series of Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership meetings next week, Thursday, July 24, 2008. The Agricultural Issues work group will meet from 9:00 a.m. to noon; the Habitat Restoration work group meets from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and the Steering Committee/Partnership meeting is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the social starting at 4:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and will be held in the Rio Red Classroom of the Citrus Center in Weslaco. Attached are the meeting agendas.

If you did not get to see the video clip that aired last Friday on ABC affiliate KRGV-TV-5, go to www.richardmooreoutdoors.com. Richard Moore, our local professional wildlife photographer and writer, produced an excellent video clip on the Arroyo Colorado. This short video discusses nonpoint and point source pollution and highlights the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan. Thanks goes out to Richard Moore for producing all his wildlife videos and for helping raise awareness of the Arroyo Colorado and the efforts of our Partnership!  We hope to have this video available on our partnership (http://www.arroyocolorado.org) web site very soon.

Earlier this week we had a great turn-out at the Outreach and Education (O&E) workgroup meeting. We are moving forward with our road signage and storm drain stenciling projects and will soon be working on utility bill inserts in cooperation with the LRGV Storm Water Task Force. An ongoing O&E project that deserves recognition is the Texas Stream Team (formerly Texas Watch) volunteer monitor program. Almost 100 water quality samples have been recently collected, thanks to our local volunteer monitors! To learn more about this project and view the sampling locations, go to http://txstreamteam.rivers.txstate.edu/TMDL/Arroyo-Colorado.html.

Mark your calendars, on July 30, 2008, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is hosting a series of talks to educate the public on YardWise practices. Following tips from the YardWise program not only helps you save time and money while creating a healthy and naturally beautiful yard but also helps protect and restore the Arroyo Colorado and Lower Laguna Madre. The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Harlingen Cultural Arts Center. See the attached agenda and go to http://www.yardwise.org for a wealth of environmentally sound lawn and gardening information.

On Tuesday, July 22, 2008, Rio Farms and Texas AgriLife Extension Service are sponsoring a Soybean/Corn/Cotton Field Day starting 10:00 a.m. at Rio Farms. Three hours of TDA CEUs are being offered for this meeting. See attached flyer for the field day list of topics and speakers.

On a final note, Rio Grande Valley Partnership - Chamber of Commerce is now taking applications for Leadership Valley, an eight-month curriculum developed to educate and energize leaders from across the region. Go to www.valleychamber.com.

Hope to see you next week at one of our quarterly meetings,

Laura