Arroyo Colorado

June 16, 2016

Hello Arroyo Partners:

It is looking like we are in for a very hot summer.  We have been reaching the mid 90’s every day for the last week and have heat indexes into triple figures!  We are lucky to get down to the low 80’s overnight.  I wonder if all this heat will play a major role in this year’s Hurricane Season.  We will all have to wait and see.

We have received a number of comments, edits and requests from stakeholders and have been incorporating them into the draft WPP Update.

I have attached the latest draft of the WPP Update for you to review and provide comments/edits.

Changes and additions have been made throughout the entire document.  I wanted to ask you to focus your review on Chapter 7-Watershed Goals, Chapter 8-Management Measures and Chapter 13-Plan Implementation. Please come prepared to our next meeting to discuss your comments, edits and suggestions. Please feel free to make edits to the document using track changes and/or providing comments/suggestions through e-mail. I would be happy to meet with anyone concerning any comments as well.  Jaime’s contact info; jjflores@ag.tamu.edu , (956) 969-5607

Our next meeting will be on June 23, 2016 from 5-7 pm at The Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM 1015 at Pauraque Hall in the rear of the park. Attached is the agenda for the meeting. We will specifically be discussing Chapter 7-Watershed Goals, Chapter 8-Managemetn Measures, and Table 13.1 in Chapter 7. This will be the third draft of the Update this year and we need stakeholder feedback to guide the development of the plan.  Your comments and edits are needed and very important.  I hope to see y’all there.  If you cannot make the meeting, please send your comments and edits directly to me.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:

- The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership’s Ramsey Park Wetland Workshop.  The workshop will be held on June 25, 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 construction of the new parking lot and bioretention basin at Ramsey Park. Volunteers will then plant native plants, shrubs and trees to complete construction of the project

- The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and the Arroyo Watershed Partnership (ACWP) in partnership with Cameron County is hosting a planning meeting of the Lower Laguna Madre/Brownsville Ship Channel Watershed (LLM/BSC) on June 30, 2016 from 5:30 -7:30 pm at the Rancho Viejo Town Hall located at 3301 Carmen Ave., Rancho Viejo, 78575.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the LLM/BSC Watershed and the impairments affecting the watershed. 

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores, P.G.