TCEQ honors partnership
Presented annually by the Governor of Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the awards spotlight the state’s highest achievements in environmental preservation and protection.
"This award is definitely an honor for the institute, but the real credit goes to the farmers and other project participants who have made this partnership such a success," said Dr. Neal Wilkins, the institute’s director.
Jaime Flores, an institute program coordinator and watershed coordinator for the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) Implementation project, said the partnership is composed of more than 700 people representing federal, state and private organizations, agricultural producers and other interested individuals concerned with identified water quality problems in the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s Arroyo Colorado. The partnership published its WPP in 2007, one of the first watershed protection plans in the state, he said.
"Through multiple projects and the cooperation of many stakeholders, the institute and partnership have achieved 75 percent of the goals set forth in the plan," Flores said. "University scientists and city officials are working alongside farmers and schoolchildren to monitor, clean-up and educate others about the Arroyo."