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El Paso County Sheriff Deputies Donate Bike to Clint Resident

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPCSO) Deputies, along with a donation from Walmart, gave the gift of transportation to one Cotton Valley resident.

EPCSO Deputies found out that a worker at the SilverStreak at the Valero Gas Station in Clint, had recently come upon hard times.

Marisol, who had previously used a bike to make the 8-mile commute to and from work, was having to walk the distance as her bike was broken.

According to deputies, the bike was Marisol’s only mode of transportation and her family could not afford a new bike.

To help Marisol out, Deputies and detectives assigned to the Clint Patrol Station came together, gathered donations and approached Walmart for help.

With the donations, and the help of Walmart, deputies were able to present Marisol with a brand-new bike.

Borderland Farmers Busy Harvesting Industry-Best Cotton

While most know that El Paso is home to the Chihuahuas, the Miners, home to “Chico’s Tacos,” one thing that most El Pasoans may not know is that El Paso County is also the largest Pima (Extra Long Staple) Cotton producing county in the State of Texas.

Cotton harvest in El Paso County normally starts in October and will continue into December, sometimes into January. Some of the finest Pima (Extra Long Staple) Cotton is produced in this region according to most cotton experts.

Gil Jones, General Manager of the Valley Gin Company in Tornillo, estimates that he will gin 40,000 bales of cotton this season. A bale of ginned cotton will weigh an average of 500 lbs., which should put the overall output from the average about 20 million pounds of cotton this season.

Tornillo’s Valley Gin Company is one of two Pima Cotton Roller Gins left in the State of Texas.

The El Paso Region is second to only California in terms of Pima Cotton acreage and production. El Paso County farmers have consistently out produced the States of New Mexico and Arizona in Pima Cotton.

El Paso County farmers also produce Upland (Short Staple) Cotton, commonly referred to as “Chapo.”

A common misconception is that “Short” (Chapo) cotton refers to the plant size, but in reality “short” refers to the fiber length or staple.

El Paso County farmers have a history of high production when it comes to Upland (Short Staple) Cotton as well.

 

Author: Orlando Flores – County Extension Agent; Agriculture & Natural Resources – Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service – El Paso County

Lower Valley Water District Begins Wastewater Collection Projects

State and local officials were on hand Wednesday for the groundbreaking on the Lower Valley Water District’s new wastewater collection and treatment project.

On hand were Congressman Will Hurd, U.S. Representative of the 23rd District of Texas, Alex Hinojosa, Acting Managing Director of the North American Development Bank (NADB),  along with representatives of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The group visited the communities of Cotton Valley and Cuadrilla, where the Lower Valley Water District (LVWD) is getting ready to start construction on two projects that will provide wastewater collection and treatment services for more than 365 residents in both areas.

During the visit, LVWD General Manager Jack Alayyan explained that in Cuadrilla, approximately 27 homes are connected to a deteriorated sewer system that conveys collected flows to a small, non-compliant treatment plant that discharges untreated or inadequately treated wastewater to an irrigation canal adjacent to the plant.

The project consists of replacing the sewer system and installing a new package plant with the capacity to treat up to 14,000 gallons per day (gd) of wastewater.

IMG_0722A ceremonial signing of the $1.8 million grant agreement for the Cuadrilla project was held during the visit.

Altogether, LVWD is receiving a total of US$3.1 million in grants for construction of both projects. The funds are being provided by EPA through the Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF), which is administered by NADB and BECC. A ceremonial signing of the $1.8 million grant agreement for the Cuadrilla project was held during the visit.

“Making sure that these families have access to sanitary sewer services is critical and urgent. With these federal resources, the Lower Valley Water District will be able to improve wastewater collection and treatment for more than 350 residents and provide a healthier and cleaner environment in the region,” stated Congressman Hurd. “I am proud to have recommended these projects for federal grants, and am confident that the NADB and BECC are looking out for the best interests of El Paso residents.”

“These projects will allow for the proper collection and treatment of wastewater flows for residents in these areas,” stated Mr. Hinojosa. “The projects would not be possible without BEIF funding, which has been instrumental in the development of priority wastewater projects in communities along the U.S.-Mexico border.”

Mr. Alayyan also provided an update on the project for Cotton Valley, which consists of the construction of a new wastewater collection system to provide first-time sewer service to 78 households, including the decommissioning of their current on-site disposal systems. Construction is expected to begin in late May or early June.

Upon completion, the two projects will eliminate approximately 38,160 gallons a day of untreated or inadequately treated wastewater discharges.

In the water and wastewater sector, as of December 31, 2016, NADB has provided more than US$927 million in loans and grants for 135 certified projects in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

Altogether, LVWD is receiving a total of US$3.1 million in grants for construction of both projects. The funds are being provided by EPA through the Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF), which is administered by NADB and BECC.

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