Arroyo Colorado

August 20, 2013

Hello Arroyo Partners:

The drought keeps dragging on in the Rio Grande Valley.  It has had a big impact on the amount of cotton planted and harvested this year.  The official numbers are still not in but there was definitely a decline as compared to last year.  There was and is a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that the weather prognosticators thought might make landfall in our direction and produce some good rain but it veered off to the east of the RGV.  We are still receiving some spotty showers but not the drought breaker everyone was hoping for.

The ACWP hosted the AC Habitat and Steering Committee meetings on July 18.

Arroyo Partners we need your help!  We need to rent or borrow an airboat to be able to hunt coyotes that are loose on Green Island.  Here is a quote from LeRoy Overstreet, Audubon Coastal Warden, “One coyote has been on Green Island now for more than 3 complete nesting seasons and its mate has been there more than a year. This means that figuring conservatively, these coyotes have eaten at least 10,080 baby colonial water birds”! 

We are currently conducting an Assessment of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan and need your feedback.  In our last meetings, we asked all of the workgroups to conduct their own assessments of the plan and provide us with their comments.  I would like to extend that invitation to all of our Arroyo Partners and anyone receiving this email.  All of the comments received will be used to guide the development of the Update of the Arroyo Colorado WPP.  We need comments back as soon as possible.

I want to remind everyone that the ACC Boat Raffle is right around the corner.  We are raffling off a fantastic 190 Dargel Skout.  Do not miss out on the opportunity to win this boat.  We need all of our Arroyo Partners to help sell more raffle tickets!  We have a bunch sold we but we need to sell them all.  Please contact me about selling tickets.  I will deliver the tickets to you if I have too!

I have not been fishing nearly as much as I like.  It has been so hot and I have been so busy trying to keep my trees and plants alive at my house that I just have not made it out to wet a line.  So to make up for lost fishing time, I am planning a Fall Fishing Spectacular where I plan on fishing 2-3 times a month leading up to the “Drum Run” in October or whenever the cold weather triggers the Run.  I will keep you posted.

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores, P.G.