Mexico's national water commission Conagua is working on defining priority projects to protect against floods in the Pánuco river basin, Conagua announced in a release.
Currently, works are being carried out under a 450mn-peso (US$41mn) federal government program to rehabilitate water control and drainage systems in Tamaulipas state. Conagua is also working on defining areas at high risk of flooding in the state and neighboring Veracruz, and will ask the respective state governments to not grant further urbanization or construction permits for these areas.
At the same time, more hydraulic infrastructure is needed in the states through which the Pánuco river runs: Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico (Edomex), Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas, Conagua's director of the northern gulf region, Roberto Francisco Schuldes, said.
"This will allow us to protect areas of human settlement and productive areas, while also providing us with the opportunity to put to use the volume [of water] that currently runs into the sea, which is about 13.9Bm3 a year," he said.
Conagua will also rely on the existing dams and lagoons to help control flooding, while at the same time following weather patterns in order to forecast extreme conditions and make alerts opportunely to state authorities, which can then make decisions on actions to take.
The Pánuco river basin has a landmass of 79,127km2 and has nine sub-basins.