Arroyo Colorado

October 7, 2015

Hello Arroyo Partners:

The weather has been hot and dry for the last three weeks.  Red Tide has reached South Padre Island and entered the Laguna Madre as well.  There has been a lot of fish killed but it looks like the worst is over.  It is still too soon to tell but there are signs that the tide has moved further off shore.  The Red tide is still producing brevis toxins that irritate the respiratory system and make it difficult to breath.  Officials are asking the elderly and people with respiratory problems to stay away from SPI until the Red Tide dissipates.  We need a good cold front to get rid of the bloom.  The weather prognosticators are predicting rain for the next three days as a low pressure system moves into the mountains of Mexico west of the RGV and collides with the hot, humid air coming off of the Gulf of Mexico.  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.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:

- Rio Reforestation 2015-The Rio Grande Wildlife Refuge is looking for Teachers, students, parents, scouting organizations and the general public; 1,000 volunteers are needed to plant seedlings at the Ranchito tract of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Cameron County on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 8am-12pm.  Please bring your own shovel, work clothes, gloves and sun screen. Food and refreshments will be provided. Directions: From the Expressway, the exit is FM732.  From Brownsville, you exit and turn left or south onto FM732.  From Harlingen, you exit and turn right or south onto FM 732.  From there, you stay on FM 732 south to FM 1577 (about 1 1/4 miles from the Expressway).  At the FM 732/FM 1577 intersection (blinking light), turn left onto FM 1577 and proceed 3 miles until you get to Rice Tract Road.  From there, you turn left and proceed on Rice Tract Road for 6/10 mile to the field entrance on the left.  Contact: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at (956)784-7500.

- The Arroyo Colorado Conservancy will be hosting their 3rd Annual Save the Arroyo Fiesta on October 13, 2015.  We will be raffling off a Dargel 183 Attack-A-Flat.  The total package is valued at more than $35,000.  Tickets are $100 each, and only 400 will be printed. Odds are 1 in 400!  Do not miss out on the opportunity to win a new boat and be sure to get one of our exclusive Arroyo Colorado Game Guard fishing shirts.   Pre-order your shirts today and buy a ticket before it is too late.  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.  The Fiesta is a membership drive/fundraising event to promote public awareness of the issues facing the Arroyo Colorado. 

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores, P.G.