WESLACO – The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership is holding two meetings on April 21 to discuss ongoing efforts to implement a protection plan, according to an official with the Texas Water Resources Institute.

“These meetings are open to the public and will spotlight current activities of the watershed protection plan, which was developed by the partnership,” said Jaime Flores, the institute’s Arroyo Colorado watershed coordinator. “The plan is designed to improve the source’s water quality and aquatic and riparian habitat.”

The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership’s Agricultural Issues Workgroup will meet from 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m. at the Harlingen Irrigation District Pump House on Trevino Road in Harlingen.

The Habitat Workgroup meeting will be from 2-4 p.m. with the steering committee meeting from 5-7 p.m. at the Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center, 3301 S. FM 1015 in Weslaco.

The Arroyo Colorado runs 90 miles from Mission to the lower Laguna Madre, is adjacent to the Gulf Coast and is the primary source of fresh water to the lower Laguna Madre area.

The Texas Water Resources Institute is part of Texas AgriLife Research and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. The partnership is administered by the institute in cooperation with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

For information on the partnership and its work, visit http://www.arroyocolorado.org.