February 12, 2010
Hello Arroyo Partners:
We have had real wet and cold weather for some time. I will take it. All of this rain is great compared to the drought we were in just 6 months ago.
With Spring right around the corner, the watershed model is in high demand. Spring is the perfect time to discuss the water cycle and how it interacts with our watersheds. Several schools are doing just that. I will be conducting several classroom presentations over the next couple of months. The Storm Water Task Force is doing the same throughout the Rio Grande Valley. There are several Earth Day Activities being planned by the Task Force cities. I will keep everyone posted so you can attend the one nearest you.
Claudia Lozano, with the TCEQ's IGR/Border Affairs division, informed me that the City of Pharr has been selected to receive Border 2012 funding for $20,000 for the "Pharr Recycle Center Public Outreach Program". Congratulations to the city of Pharr.
Please mark your calendars for a few upcoming events including:
- The LRGV-TPDES Storm Water Task Force and TAMUK present "Developing & Implementing a Soil Erosion Management Plan at Construction Sites". The workshop will be held on March 3, 2010, from 8am-5pm at the Jose Salinas Memorial Convention Center, 1011 W. Kelly in Pharr, TX. This course will designate you as a storm water competent person as defined by the TCEQ's TPDES program. (Registration)
- Ocelot Conservation Festival on Saturday, February 13.
- The City of McAllen we will be dedicating their recently purchased glass pulverizer on Feb. 25th, 10:00 a.m. at the McAllen Public Works Recycling Center. They will be able to process 1-3 tons of glass bottles and jars an hour. Everyone is welcome to attend.
If there is an issue, topic or project that you would like to discuss regarding the Arroyo Colorado, please e-mail me and let me know what I need to do to help.
It is still too cold and windy to go fishing. It is the perfect time to clean up and lube your reels and change your fishing line. Be sure to check the guides on your rod for any nicks too. When it is finally warm enough, you don't want to lose that first "nice" fish because of old, worn out line.
Jaime J Flores