Arroyo Colorado

November 30, 2009

Hello Arroyo Partners:

As I am writing this bimonthly, the weather across the state is finally starting to feel like winter.  This cold front will blow through and it will warm up again but it is nice, especially the steady, soaking rain/drizzle.

By mid week, we will have finalized at least 2 grants for submittal. The 319 grant to the TCEQ to implement, study and assess Low Impact Development  in the Rio Grande Valley and an Environmental Education grant to educate local teachers on the Arroyo Colorado.  One of the other grants we are working on are a 319 grant to the TCEQ to seek sustainability of the Partnership.

I gave a classroom presentation to Wilson Elementary in Primera and have a full day planned at Harlingen High school on Dec. 2nd.  I am also planning a teacher training workshop on Dec 7th., for the science teachers at Hidalgo High School.  The idea is to educate the teachers on the Arroyo and let them take that knowledge to their classrooms.  I hope it goes well.

The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership and the Texas Stream Team hosted 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.  It was a great success.  We had 17 volunteers show up. The workshop was very informative and everyone learned a lot.  I want to thank the Texas Stream Team and their staff for such a well run workshop.  I also need to thank Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center for allowing us to take the water samples at their beautiful park and the Storm Water Task Force for providing lunch.

I have still not made it back to the LLM for any fishing.  All of my fishing buddies have abandoned me to go hunting.  Most of the seeds I planted in my butterfly garden sprouted so I tore up my other butterfly garden.  The turks cap and lantana had taken over and had made a tangled mess.  I can’t wait to see what they look like in the spring.

Looking ahead,

Jaime Flores