August 27, 2010
Hello Arroyo Partners:
I took more than a month but the floodwaters have finally receded. As of Monday, the floodwater in the Arroyo Colorado and the North Floodway were gone. The floodwater left behind an enormous amount of sand and silt in the Arroyo Colorado and the North Floodway. The levees held and the majority of the Rio Grande Valley was spared from any major flooding unless you were right along the banks of the Rio Grande. We dodged a major bullet, to say the least. The Rio Grande Valley did not receive any substantial rainfall during the time that the floodwaters were in the Arroyo Colorado and the North Floodway with all of the gates closed. Things could have been much different with one good thunderstorm.
The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership (ACWP) is wrapping up production on 2 PSA's that raise awareness of the Arroyo Colorado and its uses. One focuses on Agriculture and the soil testing campaign and the second one highlights urban stormwater pollution and runoff. I hope to have those finished in the next couple of weeks. I am going to try to get them posted on the website. The PSA's were funded by a grant from the General Land Office.
The ACWP got some television exposure on August 15, 2010. Ruben Saldana Jr., and I were guests on the program, "Inside the Valley", that airs on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am on Channel 5, KGBT. We discussed the watershed protection plan and implementation as well as volunteer monitors from the TX Stream Team.
The ACWP in conjunction with the TCEQ hosted a Wetlands Maintenance and Operations Workshop on August 23-24, 2010. This workshop was designed to educate the park and recreation employees from the cities of La Feria, San Juan and San Benito that are responsible for maintaining the wetlands in their respective city. The workshop was a success. I had several participants tell me that they were very grateful for all of the information that they received.
The city of San Benito is hard at work on their wetland. They have a target completion date of the end of this month. I will keep you posted.
Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:
- The Texas Irrigation Expo will be held on October 21 & 22. The event is free to the general public and will be held at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Grounds in Mercedes. They are providing free tables to non-profits and governmental agencies. If you have any questions, please contact Robyn Hadley at 512.477.5445 or go to www.texasirrigationexpo.org.
- The Texas Stream Team will be having a volunteer monitor training workshop on Saturday, October 16, from 8:30-4:30 pm at the Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM 1015 in Weslaco, TX. If you are interested, please contact me and reserve your slot as soon as possible. Slots are filling up as we speak. Reserve your spot today.
If you have any suggestions or topics for the upcoming workgroup meetings, please contact me. I went fishing with Dr. Jude Benavides, the ACWP Steering Committee chairman, and his lovely wife Anne a couple of weeks ago. We had a great time and caught 5 reds and 5 trout.
Jaime J Flores