Jacaguas River

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Río Jacaguas
Rio Jacaguas, a 100 pies de su desembocadura en el Mar Caribe, mirando hacia el sur, Bo. Capitanejo, Juana Diaz, PR (DSC05621).jpg
Rio Jacaguas, as seen from Barrio Capitanejo, Juana Diaz, some 100 feet before it empties into the Caribbean Sea
Location
CommonwealthPuerto Rico
Physical characteristics
Source 
 ⁃ locationVillalba
 ⁃ elevation2,099 feet (640 m)
Mouth 
 ⁃ location
Caribbean Sea
 ⁃ elevation
0 feet (0 m)
Length24.68 miles (39.72 km)[1]
Basin size59.85 sq mi (155.0 km2)[3]
Discharge 
 ⁃ average37,000 cu ft/s (1,000 m3/s)[2]
Basin features
ProgressionJuana Diaz, Ponce
River systemJacaguas River
Tributaries 
 ⁃ leftQuebrada Jaguayes
Quebrada Chorrera
 ⁃ rightQuebrada Guanabana
Map showing the location of Río Jacaguas among the other rivers in the municipality. The area in pink represents the urban zone of the city

Río Jacaguas is a river shared between the municipalities of Ponce and Juana Diaz in Puerto Rico. It flows from north to south, draining into the Caribbean Sea east of the city of Ponce. One of the 14 rivers in the municipality of Ponce, it is also the longest, at 39.72 kilometers (24.68 mi). The river has a discharge of 37,000 ft3/second, making it also Ponce's most affluent river.[4]

Origin and course[edit]

Jacaguas has its origin in the municipality of Villalba, Puerto Rico, in the boundary between barrio Vacas and barrio Hato Puerco Arriba,[5] at an altitude of approximately 2,099 feet (640 m) above sea level. It crosses the municipalities of Villalba and Juana Díaz, forming the Guayabal Lake, before approaching the municipality of Ponce where it becomes the boundary between Ponce and Juana Diaz most of its trajectory. From there it empties into the Caribbean Sea.

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 17°58′26″N 66°32′22″W / 17.9738553°N 66.5393380°W / 17.9738553; -66.5393380[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Los Rios. Archived April 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Hojas de Nuestro Ambiente. February 2007: P013. Page 3. Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  2. ^ Ferdinand Quiñones and Karl G. Johnson. The Floods of May 17–18, 1985 and October 6–7, 1985 in Puerto Rico. U.S. Geological Survey. Open File Report 87-123. Prepared in Conjunction with the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources, Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board, and the Puerto Rico Highway Authority. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 1987. Page 15.
  3. ^ Los Rios. Archived April 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Hojas de Nuestro Ambiente. February 2007: P013. Page 3. Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  4. ^ Ferdinand Quiñones and Karl G. Johnson. The Floods of May 17–18, 1985 and October 6–7, 1985 in Puerto Rico. U.S. Geological Survey. Open File Report 87-123. Prepared in Conjunction with the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources, Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board, and the Puerto Rico Highway Authority. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 1987. Page 15.
  5. ^ Los Ríos de Puerto Rico. MiTaino.com. 2009. Originally from the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and environmental Resources. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Río Jacaguas