Arroyo Colorado

November 16, 2009

Hello Arroyo Partners:

The weather here in the Rio Grande Valley has been great.  It is perfect for all of the birder’s that have flocked to the Rio Grande Valley for the annual Birding Festival.  All of the deer hunter’s I know have been busy getting things in order at the lease, filling feeder’s, sighting in rifle’s and getting ready to take down a big buck.

It is crunch time as far as grant submittal deadlines go.  The ACWP submitted two proposals to TSSWCB for their CWA 319 grant program: (1) a proposal to seek sustainability of the Partnership; and (2) a proposal to fund an education program focusing on agricultural cost-share programs.  We are also working with the Storm Water Task Force cities, TAMUK and UTB to submit a 319 grant to the TCEQ to implement, study and assess Low Impact Development  in the Rio Grande Valley.  We have a couple of others in the hopper.  I will keep you posted.

I have done a handful of classroom presentations in Harlingen, Donna and Mission over the last couple of weeks.  I had the opportunity to give an AC presentation to the Hidalgo Co. 4-H District meeting.  The 4-H kids were great as were their parents.  I want to thank them for giving me the opportunity to talk to them about the Arroyo.  I also gave a presentation to 11 teachers from Los Fresnos and Brownsville at the Cameron County Teachers training day put on by Cameron Co. AgriLife Extension, Texas Department of Agriculture and Texas Farn Bureau.

I cannot emphasize enough that the Texas Stream Team will be having a volunteer monitor training workshop on Saturday, November 21 from 8:30-4:30 pm at the Rio Red Classroom at the TAMUK Citrus Center in Weslaco, TX.  If you are interested, please contact me and reserve your slot as soon as possible.  Slots are filling up as we speak.  Reserve your spot today.

I have not made it back to the LLM for any fishing.  I have been working on my butterfly gardens at the house.  One had a complete make-over.  It started with a little pruning and before I knew it, I had ripped everything out.

Looking ahead,

Jaime Flores