Arroyo Colorado

October 23, 2015

Hello Arroyo Partners:

Ok folks, this is not a drill.  Three weather patterns; Hurricane Patricia coming in from the Pacific, a low pressure system stationed over the Panhandle and West Texas and hot, Gulf air/moisture fueled by a unstable weather in the Gulf of Mexico will converge and result in heavy rainfall across the State of Texas. Yesterday, severe flooding in West Texas prompted the evacuation of an entire trailer park.  Here in the RGV, a thunderstorm flare up and dumped approximately 11 inches of rain just southwest of Raymondville in less than 2 hours.  The weather prognosticators are predicting heavy rain and flooding for most Texas over the next three days.  Be safe and make sure to turn around and don’t drown!  I will keep you posted.

I want to remind everyone that the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership will be hosting an Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee meeting on October 29, from 5-7 pm.  We will have several speakers at the meeting; Dr. Casarez from the UT School of Public Health will be presenting the results of the Bacteria Source Tracking study, Dr. Jeong from the Blacklands Research Center will be presenting SWAT model results and Dr. Hauck from the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research will be presenting CE-QUAL-W2 modeling results.  All of the presenters will be taking questions from stakeholders regarding the modeling results.  These results will be used in the Update to the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan.  Your input and feedback is extremely important so make plans to attend.  Since there are so many topics to discuss, the meeting will start earlier and will run a little longer than normal.  The meeting will be held at The Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM 1015 at Pauraque Hall in the rear of the park. Food and refreshments will be served from 4:00-7:00 pm.  I hope to see y’all there.

The Arroyo Colorado Conservancy hosted their 3rd Annual Save the Arroyo Fiesta on October 13, 2015.  There were some thunderstorms in the western part of the RGV that kept a few people from attending but we still had a great turnout.  Everyone that did attend had a great time!  The lucky winner this year is Larry Skalitsky.  Larry is a farmer from Donna TX.  Larry and his family, the Skalitsky Brothers, farm 2500 acres in and around Donna, TX.  The brothers also own and operate Rio Grande Aviation, a crop dusting outfit specializing in aerial application of pesticides and herbicides, and Magic Valley Produce, a packing shed, where they package and their own cabbage and onions!  Larry and his family are pioneers in the farming industry in the RGV and intend to continue farming for years to come.  Congratulations Larry, I hope you enjoy the boat! 

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores, P.G.