April 15, 2010
Hello Arroyo Partners:
The Rio Grande Valley received some much needed rain Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and they are calling for more rain today. Not just in the Rio Grande Valley but across the state. Like the saying goes; "April showers means May flowers". Hopefully all of this rain will keep another drought at bay, at least for a little while.
I had the pleasure of giving a presentation on the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan to the Rio Grande Valley chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist on Tuesday evening. It was inspiring to see such a motivated group of volunteers that are out there on the ground trying to help preserve our native habitats!
I had been updating you on Ruben Saldana Jr. science fair competition. His project focused on taking water samples from various locations along the Arroyo Colorado. He had advanced to the state science fair and attended the competition last weekend. He did not place but did receive an award from the U.S. Navy for innovation. Congratulations Ruben!
The Valley wide Trash Bash was this past weekend. From all of the reports I received, it was very successful. The cities of Harlingen and San Benito made a concentrated effort to send volunteer teams to the Arroyo to pick up trash. I want to thank all of the volunteers throughout the Valley that helped make this event possible.
The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership will be hosting an Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee meeting on April 22, from 5:00-7:00 pm. Food and refreshments will be served from 4:30-5:00 pm. The meeting will be held at The Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM 1015. After the ACSC meeting, The TCEQ will host a public meeting to gather information for a Recreational Use Attainability Analysis (RUAA) survey for the Arroyo Colorado. The purpose of the survey is to determine actual and potential recreational uses in the Arroyo and, if necessary, to assign a more appropriate use.
The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership will be hosting an Arroyo Colorado Waste Water Infrastructure meeting on April 29th, from 10:30 am - 12:00 noon at the Texas Agrilife Extension Center Conference room. The extension center is located at 2401 E. Expressway 83 in Weslaco, TX.
Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:
- The City of McAllen's 4th annual Vida Verde Earth Day Festival will be held on April 17th, from 9am-4pm. The Arroyo Colorado Watershed model will be on display at this event.
- The city of San Juan's grand opening of their wetlands will be held on April 22nd, from 8-12.
- This year Dragonfly Days will be a 3 day event held on May 14th-16th in Weslaco. This event will be a joint effort between The Valley Nature Center and The Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center. I have attached a flyer listing the dates and times of the various events.
The fishing is picking up. Nice size trout can be caught using live shrimp under a popping cork.
Jaime J Flores