Arroyo Colorado

March 22, 2013

Hello Arroyo Partners:

Spring is finally here.  Right on schedule, the smell of citrus blossoms filled the air over the last couple of days.  All of the native trees in the RGV have new growth and some of them are already blooming as well.  We still have not received any rain and the national drought forecast looks pretty bleak.  Cities across the RGV have issued water restrictions and everyone is anxiously waiting to see if Mexico will release water from Falcon and Amistad reservoirs.  I will keep you posted.

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.

I want to ask all Arroyo Partners to help us with assessing the current Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan.  We are asking everyone to read through the original WPP and provide comments on; what was left out of the original plan, what you would like to see in the update of the WPP, emerging technologies/BMP’s that were not in the WPP and to compare it EPA’s 9 Elements of a Successful Watershed Protection Plan.  Nine Minimum Elements to Be Included in a Watershed Plan for Impaired Waters Funded Using Incremental Section 319 Funds provides an overview of the 9 elements and their meaning.  Also, EPA’s Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect our Waters provides more information if you would like to read more in depth about watershed planning.  All comments received will be used to help us draft the Update of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan. 

I want to remind everybody that The Arroyo Colorado Conservancy is hosting a “Save the Arroyo” Fiesta.  The Fiesta will be a membership drive/fundraising event.  The ACC has partnered with Dargel Boats to hold a boat raffle as part of the Fiesta.  The ACC will raffle off a Dargel 190 Skout w/115HP Evinrude Motor & McClain Trailer.  Total package valued at more than $35,000.  Tickets are $100 each, and only 500 will be printed.  Odds are 1 in 500!  The raffle will be drawn at the ACC “Save the Arroyo’ Fiesta to be held at the Dargel Boats Showroom on October 10, 2013.  There will be door prizes and a silent auction during the Fiesta leading up to the raffle.  I want to ask all of our Arroyo partners to help make this a fun and successful event.  We are still looking for sponsors for the event so if you are interested in being a sponsor or know someone who is interested, please have then contact me.  I also need your help selling the raffle tickets!  For tickets please contact Jaime Flores at 956-495-5532 or jjflores@ag.tamu.edu.

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.

Every weekend for the past several weeks the wind has been howling.  I have tried to go fishing twice.  Both times, we got “blown out”.  I did attend the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo.  My son was an exhibitor at the show for the first time representing the Queen City 4-H club.  He had 2 projects; a succulent for the Horticulture division and a pen of broilers for the poultry division.  He did not place in either but had a great time and learned a lot.  Being at the show took me back to my childhood and flooded me with memories of being a 4-H member of the same club and showing my own projects.  It was great watching him during the judging in the same arena that my Dad and I had both “showed” in.  I want to thank all of the County Extension Agents and their staff and all of the 4-H leaders, parents and volunteers for all of the hard work they do leading up to and during the Livestock Show.  They have a real impact on the kids that participate in all of the 4-H events and livestock shows.

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores, P.G.