Arroyo Colorado

October 19, 2016 

Hello Arroyo Partners: 

It is mid-October and we are once again setting heat records in the RGV.  The weather prognosticators are predicting that we will reach triple digit temperatures in Starr County and western Hidalgo County.  NOAA reported that September was the hottest month ever recorded worldwide!  It is hot!    

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events: 

- SWIFT Funding Workshop: Focus on Water Conservation to be held on October 20, 2016, form 9 AM - 2:30 PM at the Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center2415 East Business 83, Weslaco, TX 78596

Price: Registration $15, Lunch will be provided.  Register @ swiftworkshopweslaco.eventbrite.com 

The Workshop is being hosted by: Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter - Texas A&M Agrilife Research - Texas Living Waters Project - Representative Eddie Lucio III - Meadows Center for Water and the Environment - Texas Water Foundation - Rio Grande Regional Water Planning Group (Region M) 

- The City of Harlingen is partnering with TSTC and the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership to host the Ramsey Park Wetland Workshop Part II as part of National Make a Difference Day.  The workshop will be held on October 22, 2016.  Registration will start at 7:00 am and the workshop will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will continue until all the plants have been planted.  Hugh Ramsey Nature Park is located on, 1001 S. Loop 400 in Harlingen. All of the plants and plant materials were provided by the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership, Texas Water Resources Institute, 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 and the importance of volunteerism. Volunteers will then plant native wetland plants in and around the wetland ponds.  We are expecting a large turn out from TSTC campus so be sure to get there early.  

- Estero Llano Grande State Park is hosting the 10th annual Spooky Science Fest Oct. 22, 2016 from 6-10 pm. This year’s festival theme is Jurassic Estero. The event will include a dinosaur program for visitors, as well as traditional fall fare with hayrides, costume contests and food vendors. Popular activities like archery, a fishing pool where children can easily catch live fish, knot-tying, face painting, how-to-camp training, poisonous/edible plant education will also be taking place. Displays of live animals like snakes and spiders, a dino maze and games will be ongoing through the event.  There is a $5 fee to enter the park. 

- Save the Date! Thursday, Nov 10, 2016

Seminar for Spring 2017 Crops: Cotton, Grain Sorghum, Corn, Soybeans and Sesame

In cooperation with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.  The seminar will be held at Rio Farms from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., CEU’s will be offered and lunch will be provided. 

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores