Arroyo Colorado

May 9, 2012

Hello Arroyo Partners:

A late cold front blew into the Rio Grande Valley yesterday that triggered a line of severe thunderstorms.  North Hidalgo Co. and Willacy Co. got hit the hardest.  The weather prognosticators are predicting rain/thunderstorms every afternoon through Saturday.  I hope that they are right, we could sure use the rain.

Last Wednesday I attended the Texas Environmental Excellence Awards Banquet in Austin.  The TCEQ always does a superb job of organizing and hosting the trade show and banquet every year and this year was no different.  It was outstanding!  I might be a little partial to this year’s event because the ACWP was selected as the winner in the Civic/Community category.  It was a real honor to be selected and watching the video that the TCEQ produced for the Partnership was very exciting.  You can view the video by going to:  arroyocolorado.org and clicking on the TEEA video box at the bottom right.  Also, I would like to ask all Arroyo Partners to participate in filling out a survey that is also on the website.  We need your input to help guide the Partnership as we begin working toward updating the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan.

I want to remind everyone that the ACWP will be holding several of their Work Group meetings in July.  The Arroyo Colorado Habitat Workgroup meeting will be held on July 19, 2012 from 2-4 pm at the Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM 1015, Weslaco, TX

The Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee meeting will be held on July 19, from 5-7 pm after the Habitat Workgroup meeting. Members of the TCEQ Nonpoint Source Team will be in attendance to discuss options to addressing the bacteria impairment in the future so please make every effort to attend. Food and refreshments will be served from 4:30-5:00 pm.  The meeting will also be held at The Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center.

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 event:

I did go bass fishing several times at a secret “honey hole” located in the heart of the watershed as I had mentioned last time.  I caught a number of yellow “flathead” catfish.  The bass were a different story.  On two separate trips, I hooked a solid bass on a spinner bait only to have it jump out of the water and spit the bait.  I went back a third time determined to land the big one.  I hooked another solid bass on a spinner and fought him for several minutes. I could not move him and eventually he broke me off.  I could not believe it, I was using 14 lb. test and 2 feet of 25 lb. leader material.  I am rigging up with heavier line and leader material and heading back this weekend.  I will let you know how it goes.  Keep those lines tight.

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores