Arroyo Colorado

April 30, 2010

Hello Arroyo Partners:

The rain has passed and it looks like the Rio Grande Valley is settling into in it's summer pattern of high heat, humidity and wind.

I had the Arroyo Colorado watershed model on display at the City of McAllen's 4th annual Vida Verde Earth Day Festival.  The weather couldn't have been better and the festival was great.  The event keeps getting better every year.

The city of San Juan held the grand opening of their wetlands on April 22nd.  The city of San Juan, the Economic Development Corporation, the Public Works department and the Parks and Recreation department did an excellent job of hosting the event.  They also had about 120 student volunteers from PSJA High school on hand to help do just about everything from planting trees and building bird houses to cooking lunch for everyone that attended.  Everyone involved did an outstanding job.  Congratulations San Juan!

The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership held an Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee meeting on April 22, from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center.  We had a very productive meeting. I will be posting the summary of the meeting on the Arroyo Colorado website shortly.  After the ACSC meeting, The Nueces River Authority held a public meeting to gather information for a Recreational Use Attainability Analysis (RUAA) survey for the Arroyo Colorado.

The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership held an Arroyo Colorado Waste Water Infrastructure meeting on April 29th at the Texas Agrilife Extension Center Conference room.  We had a good turnout.  I will be posting the summary of the meeting on the Arroyo Colorado website.

The IBWC has released environmental documents that include levee improvements on the Arroyo Colorado and is open for public comment through May 26.  View the documents.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming event:

I was able to get away to wet a line on Saturday and Sunday.  We did alright on Saturday but Sunday we really got into the fish.  We caught 11 trout, 2 of them over 25" on shrimp under a popping cork.  Then we ran into a large pod of schooling redfish.  We were sight casting and I was able to "spoon feed" 4 of them.  It was outstanding.

Looking ahead,
Jaime J Flores