Arroyo Colorado

June 15, 2015

Hello Arroyo Partners:

It is hot and humid here in the RGV!  Temperatures are expected to reach the high 90’s across the Valley this afternoon and it is not even summer yet!  The water temperatures along the Pacific and Gulf coast are in the mid-80’s, prime conditions to produce tropical weather.  A low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico has strengthened over the weekend, become more organized and is expected to become a Tropical Disturbance over the next couple of days.   The weather prognosticators are predicting that the storm make landfall in the Coastal Bend area anywhere from Corpus Christi to Houston.  The RGV should be receiving tropical, sea breeze showers and the beginnings of feeder bands by this afternoon. 

I want to remind everyone that Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership (ACWP) and UT-Brownsville in partnership with Cameron County will be hosting a Brownsville Resaca Watershed Characterization Stakeholder meeting on June 25, 2015 from 5-7 pm at the Rancho Viejo Town Hall located 3301 Carmen Ave., Rancho Viejo, 78575.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Brownsville Resaca Watershed and the impairments affecting the watershed.  I hope to see y’all there.

I want to congratulate the LRGV-TPDES Storm Water Task Force for hosting a very informative, well attended Stormwater Conference last month.  It was their 17th Annual Lower Rio Grande Valley Storm Water Runoff Management and Planning Conference. I want to thank all of the TF members, TAMUK faculty and students for all of their hard work and for making the conference such a success over the last 17 years.  Keep up the good work!

For the last three years, the LRGV-TPDES Storm Water Task Force has hosted a fishing tournament to benefit the Arroyo Colorado Conservancy as part of the Storm Water Conference. The Stormwater Task Force founded the fishing tournament as a way to raise awareness about the impairments and the various issues facing the Arroyo Colorado.  They also thought it would be a great way for stormwater professionals, engineers, city officials etc., to network and get to know one another while enjoying some friendly competition. Each year we have had some excellent fish make it to the weigh-in and this year was no exception.

Fishing WinnersL to R: Frank Chamberlain – Border Bandits (1st Place Trout), Jaime Flores–Arroyo Colorado Crusaders (1st Place Red), Johnny Ruiz–Border Bandits (3rd Place Trout) Tony Hernandez – Border Bandits (2nd  Place Trout) David Martinez– Arroyo Colorado Crusaders (3rd Place Red) Jorge Flores– Team Arroyo Colorado Crusaders (2nd Place Red)

The official standings are listed below:

The winners in the Redfish division are;

1st-Jaime Flores, Team-Arroyo Colorado Crusaders-26 7/8”, 7.45 lbs
2nd-Jorge Flores, Team-Arroyo Colorado Crusaders- 25”, 4.90 lbs
3rd-David Martinez, Team- Arroyo Colorado Crusaders-22 ½ ”, 4.10 lbs

The winners in the Speckled Trout division are;

1st- Frank Chamberlain, Team-Border Bandits-21 ¾ “, 3.15 lbs
2nd-Tony Hernandez, Team Border-Bandits-20 ¾ ‘, 2.85 lbs
3rd- Johnny Ruiz, Team-Border Bandits-20 ¾ ”, 2.85 lbs

Everyone that attended the tournament had a great time and we hope we can do it again next year.  We want to thank TAMUK, the LRGV-TPDES Stormwater Task Force, the fishing tournament committee and everyone that participated in the tournament. 

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores