Arroyo Colorado

September 13, 2012

Hello Arroyo Partners:

The first cold front of the year blew through the RGV this past Saturday evening.  It did not seem like much of a front with very little change in temperature.  It turned out that the front was actually delayed and did not reach the RGV until early Sunday morning with violent thunderstorms and torrential rain.  Parts of Harlingen and La Feria received as much as 4" of rain in less than 3 hours.  

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

The Arroyo Colorado Habitat Workgroup meeting will be held on October 18, 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 18, from 5-7 pm.  Members of the TCEQ Nonpoint Source Team will be in attendance at the meeting to discuss options for addressing the bacteria impairment in the watershed so please make every effort to attend. We will also be discussing the timeline for updating the ACWPP and upcoming grant cycles. 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.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:

- The Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society will be hosting their monthly meeting at the Harlingen Public Library this Thursday, September 13, at 6:30 pm.  The guest speaker will be Jim Vallely.  Jim will give a presentation on the City of Harlingen’s efforts to provide re-use water to Hugh Ramsey Park ponds and wetlands.   Norma Friedrich, President of the Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society, wanted to extend a special invitation to attend a very special meeting and tour of Ramsey Park.  "The official ribbon cutting of the new water project in Ramsey will be Sept. 19 at 10:30 am.  Come get your sneak preview on Sept. 15 at 8:00 am.  Linda Butcher will take us on a walking tour of the water filled ponds.  We will then continue around the park to record all the birds we find.  We can go over our list and have a nice lunch at Platillo's across the street around 11:30 am.  Bring water, sun screen and bug spray as usual".

This is an excellent example of water conservation and habitat restoration.  I want to congratulate the city of Harlingen for making this project a reality and being a leader in field of water conservation/water re-use in the RGV.    

- The Valley Nature Center will be hosting "BREW IN THE WOODS", Saturday, September 22, from 6-9 pm.  Come enjoy a variety of specialty beers, home brew, brew pub styles and more… on the torch lit nature trails of the VNC, $25 a ticket.  Help the VNC reach its New Building Fund goal while enjoying the company of good friends and cool taste of some brew!  VNC 301 S. Border Ave, Weslaco, TX.  For more information go to:  info@valleynaturecenter.org

- The Valley Environmental Summit will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at the Brownsville Events Center.  The purpose of the Valley Environmental Summit is to bring together the general public, political leaders, neighborhood associations, non-profits, businesses, and students to identify possible solutions, and implement those solutions. The environmental summits actively engage communities in working together to improve their environment and quality of life.  To register for the summit, please click on the following link: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/assistance/summitsreg   Video Contest Official Rules and Entry Form Available, click on the Video Contest Tab.  Visit us at www.Facebook.com/ValleyEnvironmentalSummit

- RIO REFORESTATION SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2012 (Rain Date Saturday, October 27, 2012) 8:00am to noon.  Volunteer your church, civic, school group or family.  Volunteers are needed to plant tree and shrub seedlings.  Food and refreshments will be provided.  Please call Valley Proud Environmental Council at (956) 412-8004 for more details and directions to planting site located outside Brownsville in Cameron County.  This project is made possible in part through support from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Valley Proud Environmental Council, Reddy Ice, Labatt Food Service, The Home Depot/Neighborwoods Project and many other local contributors.  More information will be coming and please be sure to check our website in the near future: www.valleyproud.org

White winged dove season opened in the RGV on Saturday, September 1, 2012 with a bang.  There is always an air of excitement that comes along with opening day.  I had some friends and family over to hunt at my stock pond and enjoy some BBQ.  I was hunting with my father and my youngest son.  Three generations hunting together, it doesn’t get much better than that.  That is what makes opening day special, the camaraderie that is shared by enjoying the outdoors.  There were plenty of white wings flying and they were healthy. 

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores