Arroyo Colorado

January 22, 2013

Hello Arroyo Partners:

The Rio Grande Valley received some precipitation associated with a cold front last week.  The rain fell mainly in Willacy and Cameron Counties along the coast.  We are still waiting for a good “soaking” rain but so far we are stuck with lots of sun and highs in the mid 70’s.  Since I am talking about the weather and rain, do not forget about the upcoming Workshops, Conference’s and the RGV Water Summit over the next couple of weeks.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:

Jan. 24, 2013, Workshop for Agricultural Producers to Focus on Low-Cost, High Efficiency Irrigation Techniques Hands-on training in proven strategies for maximizing ag water efficiency while minimizing cost will be held Thursday, January 24, 2013, at the Rio Grande Center for Ag Water Efficiency. The Center is located just south of Harlingen, Texas, in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.  The workshop – designed specifically for agricultural producers – is offered by the Texas Project for Ag Water Efficiency (Texas AWE), an initiative managed by the Harlingen Irrigation District with funding from the Texas Water Development Board.

The 8th Annual Lower Rio Grande Irrigation Conference & Trade Show-January 29, 2013, Texas A&M Agrilife Research & Extension Center Weslaco, TX,  Topics include: Current Water Supply Situation and Forecast for 2013 Season, Status of Cost Share Funds for Growers through EQIP, Weather Forecast for the 2013 Growing Season, Making Best Use of Irrigation Water, Crop Selection with Limited Water, Selection and Practical Use of Soil Moisture Sensors, What’s New in Irrigation Technology, Irrigation District Modernization. For information, visit itc.tamu.edu or contact Brad Cowan (956) 383‐1026 or Dr. Guy Fipps (979) 845‐7454.  For Trade Show Information, contact Charles Swanson at (979) 845‐5614

Attention TDA License Holders! CEU Workshop-Do you need to complete your CEU’s in order to renew you pesticide license? 5 hours of continuing education will be offered to all TDA private, commercial and non-commercial license holders, Wednesday, January 30 Hoblitzelle Auditorium, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Weslaco.  Registration 8:00 a.m. Class begins at 8:30 a.m. Adjourns at 3:00 p.m.  Fee $8.00 per hour for 5 hour Workshop, $10 per hour for partial credit.  Pre-Registration is not required.  Lunch will be on your own.  This training is certified for 5 hours of continuing education and will be offered for all TDA pesticide license holders: private, commercial and non-commercial.

Rio Grande Valley Water Awareness Summit-February 1, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Brownsville Events Center. The purpose of this summit is to increase public awareness on the appreciation of the value of water in our everyday lives, educate about where it comes from, and the importance of water conservation efforts and how these efforts can make the difference in the short term.  The Summit is being sponsored by Representative Eddie Lucio III, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Brownsville Public Utilities Board, Rio Grande Regional Water Authority, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council.  Attendance to this summit is free, however, seating is limited. You can RSVP by visiting TCEQ's website:

I still have not been able to slip away to get any fishing in.  I have been to the Arroyo in the Rio Hondo area twice in the last couple of weeks and can’t wait to wet a line again.  I dusted off my insulated waders and wading boots and might try wade fishing at the Coast Guard Station at SPI this weekend.  I will keep you posted.

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores, P.G.