October 7, 2009
Hello Arroyo Partners:
We have had enough rain over the last couple of weeks in the Rio Grande Valley that the meteorologists are saying that the “Valley” is no longer in a drought. I hope they are right. It has been hard going from one extreme, Dolly, to another, drought. The Valley also experienced the first cold front of the year. It wasn’t that cold but it did trigger most of the rain.
The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership will be having two workgroup meetings and the quarterly steering committee meeting this month. The Outreach and Education workgroup meeting will be held on October 14, from 3 to 5 pm at the Texas Agrilife Extension Service Conference room. The Habitat workgroup meeting will be held on October 22, 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 SC meeting. Please make an effort to attend these meetings.
I am excited to announce 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. Anyone that is interested in becoming an Arroyo Colorado Stream Team Monitor should attend. This is an intense and excellent workshop that covers quite a bit of ground.
Please mark your calendars for a few upcoming events including:
- Rio Reforestation XVIII on Saturday, October 10
- McAllen Green Living Festival on Saturday, October 17
- Pharr Out Kids Nature Day on Main Street on Saturday, October 17.
- 4th Annual Spooky Science Fest: Creature from the Llano Grande. Saturday, October 24, from 6pm-10pm at the Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center.
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) recently released the FY2010 Clean Water Act Section 319(h) nonpoint source grant program request for proposals. Deadline for these proposals is Monday, November 16, 2009. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) should be releasing their similar request for proposals soon. The Stormwater Task Force is actively working on a project to be submitted to TCEQ focusing on low impact development and BMPs to reduce the amount and improve the quality of stormwater runoff. Further, the partnership is looking at submitting other proposals to help sustain implementation of the Arroyo Colorado WPP. If you have an interest or a project idea for the Clean Water Act Section 319(h) nonpoint source grant program, let us know.
Despite all the rain, I did manage to get some fishing in. We got caught in a small storm, had to sit it out and then the fishing was great. We are scouting some sites along the Mansfield jetties in anticipation of the first “real” cold front and the “Drum Run” that follows. This is a great time of year if you enjoy the outdoors. I hope to see some of you out on those rocks catching “Bull Reds” pretty soon.