Arroyo Colorado

July 3, 2014

Hello Arroyo Partners:

The summer pattern of extreme heat and SE winds coming off of the Gulf of Mexico has settled in here in the RGV.  There has been some spotty showers over the last couple of weeks but nothing substantial.  I have seen some great stands of cotton, corn and grain throughout the watershed over the last couple of days.  I hope that the farmers/producers in the watershed have a bumper crop this year. 

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

The Arroyo Colorado Ag Issues Workgroup meeting will be held on July 17, from 9-11 pm at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center conference room located at 2401 E. Hwy 83, Weslaco, TX.  

The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership will be hosting an Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee meeting on July 17, 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. 

Once again, the focus of both meetings will be on reviewing the draft of the Update to the ACWPP.  Both meetings will be “hands on”, “working” meetings where we will do through the draft of the Update as a group.  We need you, our Arroyo Partners and stakeholders to review the draft and provide us with your opinions, comments and suggestions.  We will use your stakeholder input to help guide and develop the update to ensure that we produce a sound, watershed based plan that will ultimately result in improved water quality for the Arroyo Colorado and Lower Laguna Madre.  I hope to see y’all there.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming event:

- TAMUK & ISEE in partnership with the LRGV-TPDES Storm Water Task Force will be hosting a Three (3) part, Short Course Series on Geographical Information Systems in Water Resources beginning in August.  For more information please see the attachments for the course. 

- The LRGV-TPDES Storm Water Task Force partnership with TAMUK, ISEE, TTI and the ACWP will be hosting a LRGV Low Impact Development Outreach, Education and Demonstration Program (flyer) on August 18-20, 2014 at the TAMUK Rio Red classroom.

A couple of weeks ago, I took my son James out on a fishing trip to SPI.  It was his first official fishing trip on the LLM using lures and we were going out with Captain Jorge Flores.  We were going to be using plastics and I was eager to see how the day would turn out.  We headed out to Mexiquita Flats and as soon as we got there Jorge landed a rat red and I landed a solid 26” Red.  On my next cast, I hooked another red and handed my rod to James so he could fight it.  After a short, intense battle the red got off.  He was a little disappointed at losing the fish (I was beside myself because it was solid 28” red) but I told him to keep his head up and we would keep fishing.  We moved and a short time later, James landed 2 keeper trout on plastics rigged underneath a popping cork.  Jorge mentioned that a school of drum had popped up over the last couple days near the spoil banks on the West side and asked if I wanted to look for them.  I said yes and off we went.  After a short run, we found them.  It was a large school, several hundred, of black drum in the 24”-28” range.  We proceeded to “tear them up” as they say and fought 14-15 drum and managed to land 10 of them.  On two different occasions, we had a triple hook up were all of us landed a fish at the same time.  After about an hour, the drum had disappeared and we were exhausted.  We had a great time and a box full of fish to clean so we headed back to the dock.  It was such a perfect day.  The kind of day that I want future generations to experience.  Let’s keep working to improve the water quality of the Arroyo Colorado and the Lower Laguna Madre to ensure that happens!

Jaime Flores, P.G.