Environmental Planning for Water Resources Development, Cuatro Cienegas Region, Coahuila, Mexico

by James R. Kunkel, (M.ASCE),
Dario Rodríguez-Bejarano,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water

Abstract: In 1983, biological experts met at the 16th Conference on Desert Fishes at the University of Arizona. They concluded that the Cuatro Ciénegas region of Coahuila, Mexico was one of the most important natural areas in North America and its resources could be lost if development of the region took place. The Mexican Social Development Secretariat (SEDESOL), under the auspices of its National Ecological Institute, authorized an environmental planning study of use and development of water in the Cuatro Ciénegas region. Results of the environmental planning study for the region recommended that approximately 300 Km² be set aside as Special Biological Preserves where existing recreational activities would be highly controlled and new recreational, commercial, and other productive activities would be stopped. Approximately 2,000 Km² would be designated as conservation areas where further development of water resources would be prohibited and habitats would be conserved. Existing commercial, industrial and agricultural activities would be regulated and could not expand. The remaining 1,200 Km² would be available for development under conditions of environmental monitoring.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Developing countries | Environmental issues | Water conservation | Aquatic habitats | Biological processes | Recreation | Fish management | Arid lands | North America | Mexico

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