March 30, 2011
Hello Arroyo Partners:
The Rio Grande Valley is full bloom. Everywhere you look, there is new, lush vegetation. Despite the lack of rain, the Valley is green and beautiful.
I want to remind everyone that the ACWP will be holding several of their Work Group meetings in April.
- The O&E WG will be held on April 12, 2011 from 10 am-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 April 21, 2011 from 9:30 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 April 21, 2011 from 2-4 pm at the Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM 1015.
- The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership will be hosting an Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee meeting on April 21, 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 Valley Wide Trash Bash will be held Saturday April 2, from 7:30 am -12:00 pm. Check with your city officials as to where to meet in your city. Hope to see some of you there.
- The Valley Proud Environmental Council Texas is teaming up with
the Valley Sportsmen Club to host a Texas Waterways Cleanup
event. The waterway that they will target for cleanup is the
Laura Maxwell sent me the following; Please join us, Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 8:00 am-11:00 am. Volunteers will meet at the Rio Hondo Boat Ramp at 7:30 am.
This is a boat clean up and if you have a boat and would like to participate, please call me at (956) 412-8004, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event will take place from the Rio Hondo Boat Ramp up river to the Port of Harlingen and down river to the Circle X. If you have a hook stick for pulling things out of trees please bring it with you. Remember sun screen, hats, water and gloves (some will be provided but always good to bring your own too!).
- The Texas Stream Team will be having a volunteer monitor training workshop on Saturday, April 23, from 9:00-5:00 pm at the Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM 1015 in Weslaco, TX. If you are interested, please contact me through email or Josh Oyer at 512-245-7591 and reserve your slot as soon as possible. Slots are filling up as we speak. Reserve your spot today.
I have been quite concerned as to what effects all of the floodwater that was released last year would have on the Lower Laguna Madre. I recently read an article by Scott Null in the CCA's, March issue of TIDE magazine. He quoted Mark Lingo, TPWD lead biologist, as describing the LLM as nutrient limited as far as organic matter entering the LLM. He went on to say that in the long term, the flush of fresh water should be an incredible boost for the entire bay and should result in a more diverse and healthy forage base. The article went on to say that several local guides have seen an increase in the baitfish, shrimp and crab population this spring and that the trout, redfish and snook have responded by going on a serious feeding spree. I was extremely excited to read this and it confirmed what I have been experiencing over the last couple of weeks out on the water. There is baitfish and shrimp everywhere. I don't ever recall seeing so much bait. The shorelines are thick with bait pods and the trout and reds are feasting on all of it. This Sunday, we caught 4 limits of trout and four reds. We must have released 30-40 specks. All of the trout were fat and very healthy. The reds were thick and feisty. The LLM is responding well to all of the freshwater. Only time will tell if it stays that way.
Jaime J Flores