Rio Salado (Mexico)

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Coordinates: 26°52′N 99°19′W / 26.867°N 99.317°W / 26.867; -99.317
Río Salado
Country Mexico
States Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas
Source Sierra Madre Oriental
Mouth Rio Grande
 - location Falcon International Reservoir
 - coordinates 26°52′N 99°19′W / 26.867°N 99.317°W / 26.867; -99.317 [1]
Basin 60,406 km2 (23,323 sq mi) [2]
Discharge for IBWC station 08-4597.00 near Las Tortillas, Tamaulipas
 - average 10.02 m3/s (354 cu ft/s) [2]
 - max 1,780 m3/s (62,860 cu ft/s)
 - min 0 m3/s (0 cu ft/s)
Map of the Rio Grande watershed, showing the Rio Salado joining the Rio Grande south of Laredo.

The Río Salado, also Río Salado de los Nadadores,[1] or Salado River, is a river in northern Mexico, a tributary of the Rio Grande (Río Bravo). Its basin extends across the northern portion of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas states.

It originates in the Sierra Madre Oriental in Coahuila and flows east-northeastward. It is joined by the Rio Sabinas in the reservoir created by the Venustiano Carranza Dam. The Salado flows southeast from the reservoir through northern Nuevo León and northwestern Tamaulipas, where it is joined by the Sabinas Hidalgo River, to join the Rio Grande in the Falcón Reservoir, at Rio Grande river kilometer 43.[2]

The Rio Salado is used extensively for irrigation, especially of cotton.

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