Arroyo Colorado

June 30, 2009

Hello Arroyo Partners:

Did you see the Arroyo Colorado on the news recently? KGBT covered the recent Texas Stream Team event at Estero Llano Grande reviewing water quality data. The video and news release are posted on the project website.

Speaking of news items, have you received your latest issue of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership Newsletter? If you don't receive this free newsletter and would like to, sign up for it online.

I have received quite a few comments regarding the possible shrimp farm project that was discussed in the previous bimonthly update.  The LLMF is on board if anything should develop and the Arroyo Colorado Habitat Workgroup expressed their support and would appreciate any feedback that you can provide regarding this project. This is obviously a very complicated project, but worth it. I will keep you posted as things develop and if you have information or would like to be more closely involved, please contact me.

During June, three meetings have been held to discuss the sustainability of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership. We appreciate the time and effort put forth by this small, but active committee. We are working with the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council to form a cohesive group to address water quality and related environmental issues in the valley. The meetings have been very productive and we will present our recommendations at the next steering committee meeting as well as send out a more detailed summary soon.

The Habitat workgroup also met this month and received updates on the La Feria and San Juan wetland projects. La Feria is almost finished with construction and was conducting a final walk through last Friday. Despite encountering some unexpected setbacks, (buried trash, needed more clay), San Juan was able to proceed and began construction March 25 and estimates that the wetland will be completed by the end of August. Both cities expressed the need for a wetland maintenance workshop or training to educate the City employees that will be responsible for the wetlands. If this is a training need held by others, please let me know and we'll try to host something locally.

At the request of Alan Johnson, a watershed stakeholder, the habitat workgroup also revised the Harlingen Aeration Project. In support of the project, the workgroup is looking into applying for the necessary permits to proceed with the project.

Please mark your calendar for these upcoming workgroup and steering committee meetings:

Also, here are a couple of events you might be interested in: I slipped away to the Arroyo to get some more fishing in.  I did not do as well as the last time.  In fact, I got skunked.  The tides are changing and the heat is pushing the fish into deeper water so if you do go, fish the channels.

Looking ahead,

Jaime Flores