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Monterrey VI - School view

By: Ing. E. Rafael Benavides Osorio
20 of Jan, 2017

For approximately 5 years, the founding of the Mexican College of Engineers and Architects, A. C., within its objectives is that its members work in the preservation of the environment in general and of which surrounds us in particular. Now, the antecedent of this college of professionals, is the Mexican Society of Engineers and Architects, AC, which was founded in 2000, so that as we can see, our concerns in this regard are not recent, but Which date back 15 years.

In 2010, at the College we learned that we were working on a hydraulic project to build an engineering work by which 15 cubic meters per second of water could be transferred from the Pánuco River to the city of Monterrey Nuevo Leon, and its metropolitan area.
Supported by the knowledge we have of the behavior of our river and wetlands. What form in its mouth when interacting with the sea, we wanted to know the impact that the referred transfer could have both in the river and in the wetlands.

For this reason we decided to organize a forum in which the problem is analyzed and in which preliminary estimates were presented regarding the availability of water in the river.
The preliminary estimates show a probability that, at certain times of the year, water availability was not sufficient to meet the demand of the Monterrey VI project, as a result of this first event, the School agreed to establish communication with water services And drainage of Monterrey, what is the operating agency and consequently the person in charge of the said project, To express our concerns in this respect.

SADM, Sincerely answered our call, So he came here to Tampico, Tam. A group of specialists from that organization, to show us the information they had and the details of the project, which was then in the process of being developed.

Given the information that was obtained from the presentation of SADM, the doubts that already existed among the attendees of the event were reinforced, so that the convenience of integrating a group with members of the College, specialists in the matter and members of society Civil society, all interested in ecology, in order to make an assessment of the information provided by SADM, as well as an assessment of the availability of water in the river, from the analysis of existing official information regarding the Rainfall, basin areas and other aspects that are taken into account for this type of analysis. The studies were carried out by three specialists, one of them representing the academic community, another of the private sector and the third of the water users for agricultural purposes.

It should be noted that both the group as a whole, made up of 15 members of civil society, and the specialists who carried out the studies contributed valuable time and valuable knowledge in this area, without any economic remuneration.

The results of the studies showed that the concerns expressed by civil society are supported by the fact that the Monterrey VI project is not hydrologically sustainable, what will affect water users and what will cause an ecological imbalance In the wetlands, if it is carried out as it is proposed, ie without previously constructing the necessary hydraulic infrastructure works for this purpose.

To conclude, we express that the position of the CMIA with respect to Monterrey VI and in general to the use of the water of any source, is in the sense that THE WATER IS OF ALL, and must distribute equitatively, guaranteeing the ecological balance, the rights Of the users and not canceling the possibilities of future development of the zone in which the water is taken, coast of the advance of the region to which it is intended to transfer the vital liquid