August 31, 2009
Hello Arroyo Partners:
Two weeks ago, I took the Arroyo Colorado Watershed physical model to Paul Bond for some minor repairs. There was not any major damage but the model was showing some wear, especially around the corners. Paul is person that made the model and he has been commissioned to make another Arroyo Colorado Watershed model. I should have the original back in a couple of weeks and expect the second model to be completed early next year. I want to thank Rocky Freund and the Nueces River Authority for all of their hard work in finding the funds to make this possible.
The following Monday, I attended the Texas Watershed Planning Short course in Bandera, TX. The course was hosted by TWRI with help from TSSWCB, TCEQ and the EPA. The week long course was extremely informative and included a host of speakers from both out of the state and here in Texas. The course was attended by watershed coordinators from Texas, Louisiana and Alabama. Watershed’s across the country are dealing with the same issues that we face here locally and it was nice to be able to build upon each others experiences and knowledge.
We have written a summary of our efforts to implement the watershed protection plan since it’s inception to the present date for submission to Region M Water Planning Group. This group, established under Senate Bill 1 represents 8 local counties and is tasked with coordinating long-range water supply planning for the area. The summary of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan efforts, attached, will be presented to the group at their next meeting on September 2. I am glad to see Region M and the Arroyo Colorado Partnership working together to address both water quantity and water quality issues in the Rio Grande Valley.
There are several grant cycles coming up, including the Clean Water Act Section 319 Program, which funds activities addressing non-point source pollution. Many of our existing efforts are funded by this program and we are currently working with several cities to get new projects developed and submitted. If you have a project idea or are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please contact us. We will also be looking to our workgroups for support in developing these proposals. In addition to the 319 Grant cycle, please see the attached opportunity, Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program, specifically geared to encourage and provide support to faculty members and students in Texas institutions.
My cell phone number, 956-371-6024 will not be an active number after the end of this month (August 31, 2009). I can still be reached at my office number 956-969-5607 and through email. Sorry for any inconvenience.
I finally had a chance to do a little off-shore fishing. I took a trip with two friends and Capt. Arland Lewis from Port Mansfield. It was a spectacular day. We limited out on snapper by 11:00 am. We then caught two hefty kingfish trolling and were heading back to the dock by 12:00 noon. I saw some tarpon rolling around the Mansfield jetties. That is always a good sign.