Arroyo Colorado

March 31, 2008

Dear Arroyo Partners!

We just completed the fifth Arroyo Colorado Newsletter. It is at the printers and will be mailed-out next week. If you do not receive our newsletters in the mail and would like to, please send your mailing address to Amy at asrangel@ag.tamu.edu. In the meantime, go to www.arroyocolorado.org to view our latest newsletter that includes workgroup and grant updates, upcoming meetings and events, and reports on select watershed projects.

One upcoming meeting is a Water Quality Monitoring Workgroup meeting scheduled for April 9. We will review all water quality monitoring activities in the watershed and present some of the latest data. The efforts of our Texas Stream Team (formerly Texas Watch) Volunteer Monitors, the Texas Clean Rivers Program, and monitoring associated with agricultural assessment project managed by Texas Water Resource Institute will be highlighted. All interested Partners are invited to attend this meeting and become a member of this workgroup, if you so desire. Attached is the agenda for this meeting.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming April 24 Steering Committee and Partnership meeting, same time and place; 5 pm to 7pm at the Citrus Center. I will send additional information on this meeting in the next update.

In regards to wetlands, a field trip to the Invista (formally DuPont) constructed wetland in Victoria is planned for April 29. It will be an all day event with limited seating available in vans. Please let me know if you are interested in seeing this site . Priority will be given to Wastewater Infrastructure and Habitat Workgroup members. Also see the attached flyer for the conference titled "Constructed Wetlands Today: Advanced Design and Operations" that will be held in Beaumont, Texas on May 14 -15. This looks to be a really good conference on the latest wetland technology.

Finally, a short course you may be interested in attending is the Texas Watershed Planning Short Course being offered in Bandera, TX on June 2 - 6, 2008. This week-long course will familiarize participants with EPA's nine key elements of a watershed protection plan and the general principles of and tools for: Building Partnerships, Assessing Watersheds, Identifying Solutions, and Designing an Implementation Program. Go to http://watershedplanning.tamu.edu/ for more information. If you have any questions about the course, please contact Kevin Wagner at (979) 845-2649 or klwagner@ag.tamu.edu. For further information on registration, please contact Ellen Weichert at e-weichert@tamu.edu or (979) 845-8572.

Cheers,

Laura