New Waves September 2010

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Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership featured on KRGV

Arroyo Colorado Partnership On Aug. 15, Jaime Flores, watershed coordinator for the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership, and Rueben Saldana, Jr., a volunteer with the partnership, were featured on “Inside the Valley,” a news segment on KRGV Channel 5 in the Rio Grande Valley. The video is available online.

Flores and Saldana discussed the various pollutants contaminating the Arroyo Colorado, the effect of recent flooding on the Arroyo, and what citizens can do to help improve the water quality of the Arroyo.

“Farmers are using best management practices that help them save money, that help them keep some of these pesticides, herbicides and nutrients from getting into the Arroyo,” Flores said.

Saldana discussed how he and the partnership work with the Texas Stream Team to test various indicators of water quality in the Arroyo, such as dissolved oxygen levels.

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) administers the partnership. Currently, TWRI is coordinating six projects directed at carrying out the watershed protection plan and restoring the Arroyo. The projects are funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas General Land Office, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Several projects are funded through EPA’s Clean Water Act Section 319(h) grant program. Learn more at arroyocolorado.org.

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