June 15, 2009
Hello Arroyo Partners:
I recently found out that the Bing Hung/Southern Star shrimp farm had been shut down and foreclosed upon by the bank that held the loan. Dr. Robert Collier and Paul Bergh have been trying to contact local and state conservation groups about the shrimp farm with the idea to try and acquire the property through a large partnered effort for development of a treatment wetland/birding center. A concerted effort by the ACWP, TCEQ, USFWS, TPWD, Ducks Unlimited, Valley Land Fund, LLMF, TXCCA and others could turn this idea into a reality. Only time will tell, but it does appear to be an excellent opportunity. Dr. Collier mentioned a smaller project 5 miles upstream from Hung's shrimp farm where TAMUK did a demonstration project that consisted of constructing 5 treatment ponds and diverting water from the Arroyo into the ponds for treatment. The project proved to be very successful, but unfortunately, funding ended and so did the demonstration. I will keep you posted as things develop and if you have information or would like to be more closely involved, please contact me.
Please mark your calendar for these upcoming meetings:
- The ACWP sustainability committee will meet June 25 at the Extension Center's Conference Room from 8:30 am to 10:00 am.
- The Habitat workgroup will meet on June 25 from 10 am -12 pm at the Extension Center's Conference room.
- The Ag workgroup meeting will be held July 27 from 9:30 am to 12 pm at the Citrus Center.
- The Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for July 27 From 4:30 pm to 7 pm at the Citrus Center.
- Texas Stream Team is sponsoring a review of water quality data in the Arroyo Colorado at Estero Llano Grande State Park on June 20th. from 10:00 am-12:30 pm. This presentation will include analysis of volunteer and professionally collected water quality data in the Arroyo Colorado and a tour of the State Park. For more information , contact Josh Oyer at email@example.com or 512.245.7591.
- The 2009 Texas Stream Team Statewide Meeting of the Monitors will be held July 17-19 in New Braunfels, TX at T Bar M Resort and Conference Center. The theme of this year's event is "protecting and improving water quality." For more information, a detailed agenda, and/or to register, visit the meeting website or call toll free 877.506.1401.
- TWRI will host three "Getting in Step" workshops this fall for free. Getting In Step is a guide for conducting watershed outreach campaigns developed by Tetra Tech and funded by EPA. Trainings will be on Sept 22 in Houston; Sept 23 in Austin; or Sept 24 in Dallas. Visit the website for more information.
- The Arroyo Colorado Grant Opportunity Workshop date has been changed to August 11th-12th. The change in date was made to ensure we would have as many speakers as possible. It has also grown into a two day workshop. The workshop will be from 9:00 am to 2:00 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.