November 3, 2008
Hello Arroyo fans:
I would like to introduce myself. My Name is Jaime Flores and I recently accepted the position of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Coordinator. Replacing Laura De La Garza is going to be difficult but luckily she is still around and has been helping me through this transitional period. I was born in Weslaco, Texas, grew up in Mercedes and currently reside in La Feria. I earned a Bachelors degree in Geology from Baylor University. I am a Professional Geologist and also hold a monitor/water well drillers license in the State of Texas. With fifteen years experience in the environmental industry, I am very familiar with the soils and groundwater of the Rio Grande Valley. And as a Valley native, the Arroyo Colorado is near and dear to my heart. I have spent countless hours boating, fishing and admiring the Arroyo and it is truly an honor to be working with such dedicated group of individuals.
Have you seen the new road signs? We have at least 10 road signs installed that mark the boundaries of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed. They are located on major roadways and mark the entrance of the watershed for travelers. It is our hope that these signs remind residents as well as those visiting our watershed that it is our responsibility to protect our local watershed. In addition to the ten signs installed by the partnership, several local cities are also putting funds towards the purchase of additional signs to either mark the watershed boundary or an Arroyo Colorado crossing.
In the last bi-monthly update, we told you about the FREE one-day educational workshop to be offered this month. The Texas Watershed Steward Program will be held on Nov 20, 2008 from 8 AM to 4 PM at Rio Farms (25601 N. FM 88) in Monte Alto. Please note that this is a change in location from the previous announcement. The workshop will provide CEUs for certified planners, crop advisors, professional engineers, educator certification, pesticide applicators and certified floodplain managers. See the attached flyer or visit http://tws.tamu.edu/workshops.html for more information.
Having been on the job for almost a month now, I am amazed by numerous local activities (most of them free) that promote environmental stewardship, education and fun. Specifically, here are a few upcoming events that you may be interested in:
- Pharr Out Kids Nature Day on Main Street will be held on November 8. This year’s event is geared towards kids. Children will be encouraged to visit all of the exhibitors and the prize for participating is a chance to fish in a 10,000 gallon stock tank filled with catfish. Prizes will be given for the largest, smallest, etc. See attached flyer for more information,
- 15th Annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival on November 5-9. (http://www.rgvbirdfest.com/)
- Annual CREST-RESSACA Conference focusing on Lower Rio Grande Valley Storm Water Runoff Pollution Prevention Planning will be Nov 24-25 at the La Copa Inn Resort in South Padre Island, TX. Register or obtain additional information at http://crest.tamuk.edu/.
Looking ahead, Jaime Flores