July 16, 2009
Hello Arroyo Partners:
Last week I attended the Texas Watershed Coordinator’s Roundtable meeting at Texas AgriLife Blackland Research Center in Temple. The meeting was very well attended, I believe 81 people, and proved how important watershed issues have become and will continue to be for years to come. The meeting discussed the challenges faced by Watershed Partnerships across the state, specifically in building sustainable entities and highlighted some of the successful models used by various groups.
We will be discussing our own plan of action to sustain the Arroyo Colorado Partnership at our next steering committee meeting on July 27 from 4:30 to 7 pm (agenda). I will be sending out more information about the steering committee meeting next week. In addition to discussing sustainability, Richard Eyster, Texas Department of Agriculture, will be updating us on revisions to surface water standards and the recent 6th Circuit Court decision regarding permit requirements for pesticide use near or over water. The Agricultural Issues Workgroup will also meet that morning from 9 am to 12 noon (agenda). Both meetings will be held in the Rio Red Room at the Citrus Center in Weslaco. Please join us.
Two events highlighting wastewater management and infrastructure issues are happening tomorrow (Friday, July 17). First, TCEQ is hosting a workshop titled, “The Future of Biosolids Management in the Lower Rio Grande Valley,” from 8:30 am -3:45 pm at the McAllen Convention Center (agenda). This event is a US-Mexico Border 2012 Environmental Program. Following the workshop, the Wastewater Infrastructure Workgroup will meet from 4-6 pm (agenda) at the Macaroni Grill across from the Convention Center.
Finally, here are a couple of other events you might be interested in:
- Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge would like to invite everyone to attend their Wild Wednesday’s at the park (see attached flyer). There are two more events scheduled for the month of July. For more information contact Laura De La Garza at 956-784-7500.
- The Arroyo Colorado Grant Opportunity Workshop will be held August 11-12. The workshop will be from 9 am to 2 pm on both days at the City of Pharr International Convention Center. The focus of the workshop is to seek funding opportunities that would help us implement the watershed protection plan. The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership, Rural Economic Development Group of the Texas Department of Agriculture, the LRGV TPDES Stormwater Task Force, TAMUK and the City of Pharr are hosting the event. The workshop is available to all Arroyo Colorado stakeholders, local governments and schools that are interested in helping clean up the Arroyo Colorado. Lunch will be provided, several outreach booths from invited agencies will be on location, and the seminar is free. I want to encourage everyone to attend this workshop.