Arroyo Colorado

April 8, 2013

Hello Arroyo Partners:

The drought situation here in the Rio Grande Valley is getting worse.  A cold front blew through the Valley last week and did lower the temperatures but did not bring any rain and we are expecting record breaking heat all of this week.  After weeks of negotiating, Mexico has agreed to release some water into the Rio Grande River.  Initially, everyone was relived until it was determined that the size of the release would not help very much.  So once again, our public officials are urging Mexico to release enough water to get us through the summer.  I will keep you posted.    

I want to make a special announcement; now available on the Arroyo Colorado website: Water Trends Maps and Water Quality Data. This exciting new feature allows you to see water quality trends and data from the various monitoring stations along the Arroyo. Check out this great new resource.

http://arroyocolorado.org/map/   

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

The Arroyo Colorado Ag Issues Workgroup meeting will be held on April 25, 2013 from 9-11 am at the Harlingen Irrigation District Pump-house.

The Arroyo Colorado Habitat Workgroup meeting will be held on April 25, 2013 from 2-4 pm at the Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM 1015, Weslaco, TX.

The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership will be hosting an Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee meeting on April 25, 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, Weslaco, TX.  We will be discussing the several important topics and need your input so please make it a point to attend.

The Habitat and SC meetings will be held at Pauraque Hall in the rear of the park.

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:

- The LRGV-TPDES Storm Water Task Force will be hosting their 15th Annual Lower Rio Grande Valley Storm Water Runoff Management and Planning Conference April 16-20 at the Pearl South Padre Resort, SPI, TX. This conference will introduce current issues related to TPDES storm water regulations, the new TCEQ MS4 TPDES permit, watershed protection plans, floodplain management, CFM exam, low impact development, non-point source pollution, funding, water research topics, and other water quality topics.

- The LRGV-TPDES Storm Water Task Force will be hosting their 1st Annual Fishing Tournament to benefit the Arroyo Colorado Conservancy on Saturday April 20, 2013 out of White Sands Marina in Port Isabel.  I have attached the entry form.  I will be fishing the tournament and hope to see all of you out there.

I have been doing some scouting in preparation for the Task Force tournament next week.  It is windy but the fish are biting!

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores, P.G.