March 16, 2010
Hello Arroyo Partners:
As I was filling my bird feeders this morning, the fragrance of citrus blossoms permeated the cool morning air. All I could think of was Johnny Cash singing "The Orange Blossom Special". Spring starts this weekend and if this winter is an indicator of what the rest of the year will be like, it should be a wet one.
Producers tapping into water supplies for irrigation needs can now get training online at a new Texas Water Resources Institute Web site. The Texas Water Development Board, through a three-year Agricultural Water Conservation Grant, provided funds to the Texas Water Resources Institute to develop a statewide Irrigation Training Program to help farmers and others learn about efficient tools and techniques of irrigation management. Six training programs were held throughout the state in Lubbock, Chillicothe, Mercedes, Sinton, Hondo and Amarillo during 2008 and 2009. Agendas and presentations from these trainings are available on the new Web site. The site also provides access to two electronic editions (North Texas and South Texas) of an inclusive 500-plus page manual, which addresses both fundamental information and region-specific needs regarding irrigation in Texas. Free CDs of the manuals can be ordered by contacting the Texas Water Resources Institute at email@example.com. A limited number of hard copies are also available.
Previously, I had reported that Ruben Saldana Jr. had won his school's science fair. His project focused on taking water samples from the Arroyo Colorado at various locations and comparing the results. His project also won 1st place at the district and regional science fair. He will now be competing at the state level. Congratulations and good luck!
Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:
- "StormFury: The Science of Weather" happening on Saturday, March 27th at the Brownsville Children's Museum & Ringgold Civic Pavilion. It's a day of hands-on interactive weather related activities for kids of all ages - all aligned with the state science standards. "StormFury: The Science of Weather" is a production of the Urban Science Initiative (a 501c3 non-profit corporation). You can learn more about StormFury at our website www.stormfury.org.
- The City of McAllen's 4th annual Vida Verde Earth Day Festival will be held on April 17th, from 9am-4pm.
- The city of San Juan's grand opening of their wetlands will be held on April 22nd, from 8am-12pm.
- This year Dragonfly Days will be a 3 day event held on May 14th-16th in Weslaco. This event will be a joint effort between The Valley Nature Center and The Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center. I will provide more information shortly.
I have attached a couple of pictures of my butterfly garden and some bluebonnets I planted in my front yard. I finally got to do some fishing. It was windy, rough and slow but we managed to produce 2 respectable trout last Saturday and 1, 28" redfish on Sunday afternoon. I went out again Thursday after work right before the cold front. Again, it was very rough but I was able to catch 1, 24" trout and 1, 28" red. I caught both of them on the same top water lure. Looking ahead, Jaime J Flores