Arroyo Colorado

October 30, 2009

Hello Arroyo Partners:

The weather and season is definitely changing.  There is a chill in the air and the Valley saw quite a bit of rain associated with the last cold front.  I saw Richard Moore at the Rio Hondo Stripes at 5:30 am Saturday Morning.  We were going fishing for Bull Reds and he said he was going to look for big bucks out in the chaparral.

Over the weekend, I attended the Estero Llano Grande Spooky Science Fest.  The Arroyo Colorado Watershed model was on display and the event was very well attended.  I want to congratulate the Estero Llano Grande staff and volunteers for putting on such a great event.

The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership held the Habitat workgroup meeting and the quarterly Steering Committee meeting on Thursday, October 22 at the Rio Red Classroom at the TAMUK Citrus Center in Weslaco, TX. The summaries for the meetings will be sent out and posted to the website as soon as they are available.  I would like to thank Magic Valley Electric CO-OP for sponsoring the food and refreshments for the Steering Committee meeting and thank you to everyone that attended 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.  Anyone that is interested should contact me and reserve your slot as soon as possible. I already have 15 slots filled and the limit is 26 so email or call me to reserve you spot today.

I made it out to the Mansfield jetties and was stunned to see the effects of the red tide.  You could smell the tide in the air, it was irritating our throats and there was a lot of coughing going on.  And of course, there were a lot of dead fish.  There were dead fish floating in the bay, along the inter-coastal and at the jetties.  The next day, I went fishing at South Padre Island and saw the same thing.  I saw several dead trophy flounder float by the boat.  It is getting pretty bad.  We did catch fish but it just wasn’t the same watching the effect of the red tide.

Looking ahead,

Jaime Flores