Arroyo Colorado

May 20, 2008

Dear Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partners,

First of all, the meeting summary notes from the April 15 Outreach and Education Workgroup Meeting and the April 24 Steering Committee and Habitat Workgroup meetings are available and posted on the website.

Again, the field trip to the Invista (formally Dupont) constructed wetland site in Victoria, Texas is scheduled for Thursday, June 12, 2008. Please let me know if you are interested in attending this all day event. Priority will be given to Habitat and Wastewater Infrastructure Workgroup members. See the attached pictures for a preview of the water treatment wetland and the outdoor classroom. Additional information will be sent to interested individuals and workgroup members.

Last week I attended the "Constructed Wetlands Today" conference and came back with some insight in regards to creating and maintaining wetlands. The first thing driven home was the multiple layers of value inherent in the development of wetlands. Many already know the value of wetlands for wastewater treatment, habitat, education, and passive recreation, but other values include carbon sequestration, increased property values, and public relations/community marketing. The bottom line is cumulative community benefits from the overlay of wetland uses and functions.

Constructed wetlands are dynamic robust systems and attention must be paid to every aspect of planning, design, operation and maintenance. There is a lot to wetlands systems and the following are just a few excerpts from my conference notes in regards to lessons learned.

In regards to wetlands for the Arroyo Colorado watershed, our grant writing team is gearing up for another round of grant submittals to the Coastal Management Program - Cycle 14. Go to the website for more information and please do not hesitate to contact me if you and/or your organization are interested in partnering on a submittal.

On a final note, our local grant writer Amy Rangel, has been accepted into UTPA Physician's Assistant Program and will be leaving her position as Program Assistant for the Arroyo Colorado effective June 30. Amy has done a fine job for us and she will be missed. The position is posted and we are looking for applicants and would appreciate your help. If you are interested or know of someone interested, please pass the word along. To view the posting, go to greatjobs.tamu.edu, Notice of Vacancy Number: 03430, Position Title: Program Assistant for the hiring unit: Texas Water Resource Institute.

Have a great day, Laura