Índice económico para el manejo interanual del agua: Caso del Distrito de Riego 041 Río Yaqui, México

Translated title of the contribution: Economic index for inter-annual water management: The case of irrigation District No. 041, Río Yaqui, Mexico

José Luis Minjares-Lugo, Roberto F. Salmón-Castelo, Juan B Valdes, Lucas Antonio Oroz-Ramos, Raúl López-Zavala

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In the agricultural system of Irrigation District No. 041, Río Yaqui, the volume of water for agricultural purposes is supplied by the reservoir system and the aquifers in the region. The efficient operation of this irrigation system is extremely important for the economic, political and social activities of the Yaqui Valley. These activities have had a negative impact in the period from 1996 to 2006, in which the Yaqui River watershed faced a severe drought The objective of this research is to develop, present, and validate an index for the inter-annual water management in this agricultural system. This index, which tries to attenuate the drought effect, includes information about the economic efficiency of the operation rules employed in the Irrigation District. For the development of the index, the Yaqui River simulation-optimization model developed by Minjares et al. (2008) from CONAGUA's Northwest Watershed Organization was used. Results show that this index is a very useful tool during the irrigation planning process (for short- and long-term planning) and allows administrators to make the important decision whether: 1) to maintain water stored in the reservoir system for future use and drought event prevention, or 2). to use the water in the system in the present agricultural year in the most profitable crops.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)41-54
Number of pages14
JournalIngenieria Hidraulica en Mexico
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009



  • Drought management
  • Inter-annual index
  • Reservoir operation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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Minjares-Lugo, J. L., Salmón-Castelo, R. F., Valdes, J. B., Oroz-Ramos, L. A., & López-Zavala, R. (2009). Índice económico para el manejo interanual del agua: Caso del Distrito de Riego 041 Río Yaqui, México. Ingenieria Hidraulica en Mexico, 24(1), 41-54.