Arroyo Colorado

October 11, 2011

Hello Arroyo Partners:

The drought continues.  A small cold front did manage to stir up some severe thunderstorms in Willacy and parts of Cameron Co. day before yesterday.  This line of storms did generate some heavy, localized, rain but it was not the gully washer we have been hoping for.  The Rio Grande Valley is still behind in it’s rain fall totals for the year.

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

The Arroyo Colorado Ag Issues Workgroup meeting will be held on October 19, 2011 from 9-12 pm at the Harlingen Pump-house.

The Arroyo Colorado Habitat Workgroup meeting will be held on October 20, 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 October 20, 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.  We will be discussing the formation of two workgroups; the Urban NPS WG and the Financial Development WG.  We need your input so please make it a point to attend.

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 Environmental summit will be held on October 28, 2011 at the McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd from 8:00 am-3:00 pm.  Please register at www.valleyes.org to secure your seat at the luncheon.

The Texas Irrigation Expo will be held December 9-10, 2011 at the McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd.  Please register at www.texasirrigationexpo.org to register for the event.

A couple of weeks ago, the annual hummingbird migration was in full swing in the Rio Grande Valley.  There was a span of about seven days when there were thousands of hummingbirds swarming every feeder and flowering plant they could find.  I was filling my feeders 3 times a day to keep up with them.  It is really amazing that the Rio Grande Valley is their last stop before embarking on a 500 mile, non-stop trip across the Gulf of Mexico.  I was able to slip away to get some fishing in a couple of times over the last month.  The fishing was a little slow.  We were targeting reds on plastic and topwaters and managed to snag a couple.  I have been doing quite a bit of yard-work and tree-pruning in preparation of fall/winter.  I have also been re-spooling my bigger rod and reel combos to be ready for the annual drum run.  I have heard that the reds are “schooling” but not “running” just yet.  I am planning to make a trip out to the Pt. Mansfield land cut later this week to try my luck.  I will keep you posted.   If you have a chance, be sure to wet a line.  I hope to see you out there.     

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores