A contract has been awarded to begin long-awaited work to restore the Arroyo Colorado as part of a key flood control project in Harlingen.
The International Boundary and Water Commission has selected Swift Operating Partners of Colorado to dredge the arroyo and cut back overgrown non-native vegetation along its banks.
The IBWC says the arroyo has lost more than 50 percent of its capacity to carry floodwaters. Officials say the $1.2 million project will remove the sediment and vegetation that’s been impeding water flows and causing the arroyo to flood during heavy rain storms. The work will be done on a more than 6-mile segment of the arroyo between Business 77 and Cemetery Road.