Arroyo Colorado

June 28, 2010

Hello Arroyo Partners:

It has been brutally hot in the Rio Grande Valley for the past couple of weeks. The weather forecasters are expecting temperatures to reach a high of 104 F today. They also said that Tropical Storm "Alex" has entered the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall later this week somewhere between Tampico, Mexico and Galveston, Texas. That puts the Rio Grande Valley dead center in the projected path of this storm. Everyone along the Coast needs to be prepared for the worst.

I want to remind everyone that the ACWP will be holding all of their Work Group meetings in July.

The O&E WG will be held on July 13, 2010 from 3-5 pm at the Agrilife Extension Center conference room. The extension center is located at 2401 E. Expressway 83 in Weslaco, TX.

The Ag WG meeting will be held on July 22, 2010 from 9 am-12 pm at the Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM 1015.

The Arroyo Colorado Habitat Workgroup meeting will be held on July 22, 2010 from 2-4 pm at the Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM.

The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership will be hosting an Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee meeting on July 22, from 5-7 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.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:

The Cameron County 4-H Council Bay Fishing Tournament will be held on July 17th at the Adolph Thomae Park at Arroyo City, Texas. Registration begins at 6:00 am. For registration forms and more information please contact Marco Ponce, County Extension Agent, at 956-361-8236.

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 has recognized one of the Arroyo Colorado volunteer monitors. See the article.

If you have any suggestions or topics for the upcoming workgroup meetings, please contact me.

I finally did manage to get some fishing in. I went offshore fishing with some friends and Captain Arlan Lewis out of Port Mansfield. We went 24 miles out and were fishing in 120' of water. We had a great day and limited out on red snapper. The water was beautiful. A stunning contrast to what I see being reported on television about the oil spill. The oil spill in the Gulf is a disaster and is going to impact a lot of marine life for a very long time.

Looking ahead,
Jaime J Flores