February 26, 2010
Hello Arroyo Partners:
What a wild winter. I had not seen this much snow in Texas in quite a while. As I write this, the temperature in the Rio Grande is a balmy 80 F and the sun is out. It is so nice that I am going to try to get some fishing in over the weekend before the next front hits.
The city of San Juan is planning the grand opening of their wetlands. It will be held on April 22, from 8-12. The San Juan High School will be adopting the wetland and hundreds of high school kids will be on hand to plant gardens and trees, construct benches and build bird houses. The instructors from the high school are hard at work with their students preparing all of the materials they will need so they will be ready for the grand opening. They will have speakers from TPWD, TAMUK and the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership (that would be me). The city will be sending out a flyer announcing all of the activities planned for that day in the near future.
This is just one of the several Earth Day Activities being planned by the Task Force cities. I will keep everyone posted so you can attend the one nearest you.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to sample WWTP outfalls in the Arroyo Colorado Watershed will begin sometime in March. The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council received a grant from the TCEQ and will be partnering with Texas A&M University at Kingsville, The University of Texas at Brownsville and the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership to conduct the study. They will collect samples from every WWTP outfall in the watershed for a period of 12 months.
I have been working with several Steering Committee members over the last year on a "big" project that will hopefully help the Arroyo Colorado Tidal Segment. I can't let the cat out of the bag just yet but I will say that everyone is very excited about the possibility that this project might get underway in the very near future.
Please mark your calendars for this workshop:
- 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.
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.
I might go fishing this weekend. I don't want to jinx myself so that's all I am going to say.
Jaime J Flores