Arroyo Colorado

August 18, 2016 

Hello Arroyo Partners: 

This summer has been one of the hottest in recent history.  Here in the RGV, we were hitting triple digit temperatures every day for 3.5 weeks in a row.  The extreme heat has placed portions of Starr and Hidalgo County back on the drought map.  Fortunately, Wednesday morning, most of the RGV woke up to tropical showers and thunderstorms that produced some much needed rain.  It has been a slow Hurricane Season but it has not been uneventful.  A low pressure system produced torrential rainfall and wide scale flooding in Louisiana.  The same system combined with hot, Gulf Air to produce more rain that has caused flooding in Houston and then Austin and San Antonio.  Make sure to be safe and turn around, don’t drown when encountering these types of conditions. 

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events: 

- The Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Service will be hosting a Soil Health and Irrigation Conservation Workshop on August 24, 2016 at the Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center located at: 2401 East Business Highway 83, Weslaco, TX. 78596.  Registration will start at 8:00 a.m. and workshop begins at 8:30.  The objective of this educational event is to present research-based information to agricultural producers on the technology of soil and water management, funding opportunities and financial technical support for farming operations.  USDA personnel will be on hand to provide outreach on their programs. 

- The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership’s Ramsey Park Wetland Workshop Part II.  The workshop will be held on September 24, 2016, from 8 a.m.- noon at the Hugh Ramsey Nature Park, 1001 S. Loop 400 in Harlingen. It will be presented by the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership and the Texas Water Resources Institute in collaboration with the city of Harlingen, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and the Texas General Land Office.  The workshop will have a 30-minute presentation on the expansion and construction of the wetland ponds, how they operate and wetland plants to be planted. Volunteers will then plant native wetland plants in and around the wetland ponds.  There will be another volunteer training workshop on Wednesday September 28, 2016 from 5-7 pm at the same location, Ramsey Park.  This training is open to the public and geared to High School and College student volunteers.  We are expecting a large turn out from TSTC campus as part of their student volunteer day.  All of these workshops will culminate in one final planting workshop in October.  We have not set a date for the final planting workshop.  The date will be dependent on the weather. 

- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! 100 volunteers needed to staff Rio Reforestation 2016

Join us on Saturday, October 15, 2016 for the 25th Anniversary of Rio Reforestation. We are looking for Master Gardeners & Master Naturalists to help staff this event. Hours can be counted towards your annual requirement. We will have one organizational meeting prior to the event. Arrival time on date of event is 7AM. Most planting is done by 11AM. We will serve hotdogs & drinks to everyone. Please share like & share the Facebook Rio Reforestation page.  facebook.com/rioreforestation/

Please email vpec@valleyproud.org for more information. www.valleyproud.org. 

I have not been able to slip away to wet a line recently but I am getting ready for white-wing season.  Just a couple of weeks away.  I am really looking forward to this year’s hunt.  TPWD has recently reported that white-wing populations are exploding.  It should be a good year.   

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores, P.G.