Arroyo Colorado

May 12, 2011

Hello Arroyo Partners:

The Rio Grande Valley is in a full blown drought.  We have not received any rainfall since October.  There was some light rain in Western Starr County this morning but that has been it.  There are predicting a 30% chance of rain tomorrow.  We can only hope that they are right.    

April was a busy month in the Arroyo Colorado Watershed!  The Valley wide Spring Trash Bash was held on April 2, 2011.  

A Texas Waterways Cleanup event targeted the Arroyo Colorado on April 9, 2011.  This was hosted by Valley Proud Environmental Council and Valley Sportsman Association.  There were 40 volunteers and 5 boats that collected 20-40 lb bags of trash.

The ACWP also hosted and O&E WG, AG issues WG, Habitat WG and Steering Committee meetings in April.

There were also several Earth Day Events held in La Feria, Mercedes, Weslaco, San Juan, McAllen and Alton.  There were a couple more so I apologize if I left anybody out.

The Texas Stream Team hosted a volunteer monitor training workshop here in the AC watershed on April 23, 2011 and had a very nice turnout of students and professors from UTPA and STC.

I want to congratulate and thank all of the volunteers that showed up to help out.  You really make a difference in the Arroyo Colorado watershed and the Valley.

The TCEQ hosted their 2011 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards banquet on May 4, 2011 at the Austin Convention Center.  There were 8 Environmental Excellence Awards handed out that evening and 2 of the recipients were from the Rio Grande Valley.  Valley Proud Environmental Council won the award in the Civic/Community division and the Harlingen Irrigation District, Cameron Co. # 1 won the award in the Agricultural division!  I want to congratulate both organizations on receiving this great honor.  They were also 2 finalist from the Valley; the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership and the RGV-TPDES Storm Water Task Force.  All in all, I would have to say that the Rio Grande Valley was very well represented.  All of these organizations are located in the Arroyo Colorado Watershed and all of their efforts help the ACWP move toward our goal of a healthier, cleaner Arroyo Colorado.

The fishing has been rough.  The wind has been howling seemingly non-stop.  The only reprieve from the wind has been when a weak cold front has blown in.  Right after those cold fronts the fishing has been good until the winds start to pick up again.  I couple of weeks ago, Capt. Richard Lopez, one of our fishing buddies and I went out after one of the fronts blew through after work.  I was able to land a fabled grand slam; 1-25" trout, 1-22" flounder and 1-28" redfish!  This was my first grand slam in about 10 years.  We caught a total of 23 trout, 9 reds and 1 flounder.  Capt. Lopez produced another grand slam on Saturday with one of his clients!  This year alone, I have seen 4 keeper flounder come into the boat.  That is more than I have seen in quite a while.  I hope that the flounder population keeps rebounding.  I did not get an photos of the fish but included some photos of the TCEQ EE Awards Banquet. 

2011 Texas Environmental Excellence Award
See more photos on Flickr

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores