Arroyo Colorado

May 15, 2013

Hello Arroyo Partners:

The Rio Grande Valley has finally received some decent rainfall.  We had some thunderstorms rumble through the Valley the last weekend in April.  The storms came in from the west off of the mountains in Northern Mexico.  The storms produced some heavy rainfall totals (3”-5”) in the Rio Grande River watershed and very nice 2” average throughout the entire Rio Grande Valley.  This past weekend, a similar weather pattern produced more thunderstorms and more rain.  These storms were not as widespread but resulted in 2”-3” rainfall totals through the center of the RGV.  Some sections of the Valley received some light showers last night that have continued into this morning.  This rain is not a drought breaker by any means but it was nice to see it rain again and the thunderstorms are always impressive to watch as they blow through.  The landscape and vegetation in the Valley is once again vibrant with color.  All of the native flowers, trees and shrubs are in full bloom with all of the recent rain and the native wildlife is responding.  Be sure to take some time out of your busy schedule to go outside and enjoy our native flora and fauna.   

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:

- The Office of Sustainability at the University of Texas-Pan American and the UTPA Center for Subtropical Studies will be hosting a “Benefits of Constructed Wetlands” Workshop on May 22, 2013 from 8:00 am- 3:00 pm at the UTPA International Room, International Trade &Technology bldg., 1201 W. University Dr. Edinburg, TX. 

- Texas Water Resources Institute & Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will be hosting a “Beat the Heat-Water Efficient Landscapes with Native Plants” Workshop on Saturday, June 29th 9:00 am-1:00 pm at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 2401 East Bus. Highway 83, Weslaco, TX.  Topics will include; indoor water conservation, rain water collection, soil amendments, native plants and landscape design plans for your home.  The workshop is made possible by generous funding from the Rio Grande Basin Initiative.

Fishing is really picking up, lots of reds and trout being brought in.  I can’t wait to get back out on the water to wet a line.  I will give it a shot this weekend.  Hopefully, I will have some pictures of a successful fishing trip for the next update.  I will keep you posted.

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores, P.G.