Arroyo Colorado

October 6, 2010

Hello Arroyo Partners:

The IBWC has been releasing water into the Rio Grande for the last 10 days. Once again, all of this flood water is being diverted through the Rio Grande River, the Arroyo Colorado and the North Floodway. This morning when I drove across the North Floodway from Mercedes to Weslaco, the Floodway was full. There have been several road closures due to the floodwater as well. Several areas along the Rio Grande River are being flooded, again. We can only pray that the Rio Grande Valley does not receive a substantial amount of rainfall while the Floodway is full.

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

There has been a change in time for the O&E Workgroup meeting. The new time is 10:00 am-12:00 pm. The meeting time was changed due to several requests from the O&E Workgroup.

The O&E WG will be held on October 12, 2010 from 10-12 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 October 21, 2010 from 9:30 am-12 pm at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show grounds in Mercedes in conjunction with the Texas Irrigation Expo.

Please note that the date of the Habitat and Steering Committee meetings have been changed to October 28, 2010. This was done to not conflict with the Texas Irrigation Expo.

The Arroyo Colorado Habitat Workgroup meeting will be held on October 28, 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 October 28, 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.

If you have any topics or suggestions to include on the Agendas for the upcoming workgroup meetings please call or send me an e-mail.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:

The redfish are running! The first official "cold front" reached the Rio Grande Valley last week and really got the fish stirred up. Last Tuesday evening, we caught 2, 40+ inch black drum and 14, 36-40 inch reds. It was nonstop action. If you have a chance, make your way out to the jetties to try your luck against these monster fish. Be sure to take mullet.

Looking ahead, Jaime J Flores