Arroyo Colorado

January 21, 2009

Hello Arroyo Partners:

I am sure that everyone is back up to speed now that the new year festivities are just a memory.  I want to remind everyone that you are welcome to attend any or all of the upcoming workgroup and steering committee meetings on January 26 in the Rio Red classroom at the Citrus Center.  Agendas for all 3 meetings are available on the home page.

The Ag issues workgroup meeting will be from 9:00-am-12:00 noon.  Around 1:00 pm, Andy Garza, Tom McLemore (Project Manager for the ADI project) and Dr. Enciso would like to invite everyone to a short tour (approximately 2 hours) to visit several relevant sites related to our project.

Preliminary Agenda for the tour is as follows:

  1. Visit the pumping station at the Delta Lake Irrigation District.
  2. Visit a field demonstration project (Wyatt-Hidalgo Farms) and talk with manager Benny Silva.  This site is located close to the Estero Llano state park.
The Habitat workgroup will have their meeting from 2:00pm-4:00pm.  Those interested in attending both the site tour above and the Habitat meeting might need to leave the tour a few minutes little early to make it back to the Citrus Center by 2:00pm.

The Steering Committee meeting will be held from 4:30pm-7:00pm.

I am hoping that all of these meetings prove to be very productive.  It is always good to be updated on how much hard work is being done by so many different people. Hope to see many of you there.

Ouina Rutledge, the Renewable Resources Manager for the City of McAllen, is pleased to announce that The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council awarded the City a grant for the construction of a Compost Demonstration and Education Garden.  It has been completed and they will be hosting a ribbon cutting/reception ceremony. We hope everyone that is interested can attend.  For more information please call or email Ouina at 956-681-4050, orutledge@mcallen.net.

There are quite a few events coming up in March and April associated with World Water Day and Earth Day.  The Arroyo Colorado Partnership and the LRGV-TPDES Task Force will be hosting several storm drain marker installation activities in conjunction with civic groups throughout the Valley.  I will make sure to keep everyone informed as the information becomes available.

The weather is still great.  I am so glad we live in such a beautiful and comfortable region.  I will take the heat of summer to be able to enjoy the weather we are experiencing right now.

Looking ahead, Jaime Flores