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Arroyo Colorado: Coordinating a Watershed Protection Plan

Support of a watershed coordinator for the Arroyo Colorado WPP


The Arroyo Colorado flows through Hidalgo, Cameron, and Willacy counties in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and into the Laguna Madre. Agriculture is the primary land use of the region, which has one of the fastest growing populations in the nation. As a result of low levels of dissolved oxygen, the tidal segment of the Arroyo Colorado (2201) does not currently meet water quality standards and has been on the 303(d) list since 1996. There have also been concerns about high nutrient levels. In response to low dissolved-oxygen levels, the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership was formed, and a WPP was completed in 2007.

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Project Description

This project was initiated to assist in funding implementation of the Arroyo Colorado WPP. The watershed coordinator facilitates the steering committee and work group meetings of the partnership. The coordinator also:

  • Facilitates implementation of the WPP through education and outreach activities, as well as other activities designed to promote private and public support.
  • Identifies organizations that have goals similar to the partnership’s in order to coordinate and integrate their efforts with its goals.
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For More Information

To find out more about the NPS Program, call 512-239-6682 or e-mail us at

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