Arroyo Colorado

October 19, 2009

Hello Arroyo Partners:

The weather over the last couple of days has been great.  It is the  perfect time to plant native trees, grasses and wildflowers.  Not only  are the native species beautiful, they also require much less water to  survive in our South Texas Heat.  So go out and plant a native tree,  grass or flowers right now!

Over the weekend, I attended the Pharr Out Kids Nature Day and the  McAllen Green Living Festival.  Both events were very well attended and  very informative.  The Arroyo Colorado watershed model was on display at  the Pharr Out Kid’s Nature Day.  The model was on display with The Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center exhibit.  It is great to see  these types of events in the Rio Grande Valley.  I want to congratulate  the Cities of Pharr and McAllen for holding such great events for the  community.

Here is just another reminder.  The Arroyo Colorado Watershed  Partnership will be having the Habitat workgroup meeting and the  quarterly Steering Committee meeting this Thursday (October 22).  The  Habitat workgroup meeting will be held from 2 to 4 pm.  The Steering  Committee meeting will be held after the Habitat workgroup meeting from  4:30 to 7 pm.  Both the habitat workgroup and steering committee  meetings will be held in the Rio Red Classroom at the TAMUK Citrus  Center in Weslaco, TX. I would like to thank Magic Valley Electric CO-OP  for sponsoring the food and refreshments for the Steering Committee  meeting. Please make an effort to attend these meetings.

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.  There is a limit  to the slots available for this workshop.  Anyone that is interested  should contact me and reserve your slot as soon as possible.  I hope to  hear from you soon as some of the slots have already been filled.

Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:

The Outreach and Education Workgroup met on last Wednesday (October  14). We had a great discussion and the minutes are available on the Web site.

I was able to make it out to the Mansfield jetties on October 11th.  It  was a little rough but definitely worth it.  We caught 2-37” bull reds  that we tagged, 1-27” red, 3 trout and 5 gafftop catfish.  Someone on  the boat also lost what was probably the biggest red all night.  I hope  he made it home, because we left him at the dock.  The reds are probably  more active after this last cold front that came through on Friday.  I  did not make it out this weekend, maybe next time.  I know I’ve been  telling a lot of fish stories so just in case you need the proof - see attached.

Looking ahead, Jaime J Flores