Pastillo River

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Río Pastillo
Río Marueño
Rio Pastillo near PR-501 at Km 4.6 in Barrio Marueño (DSC02292A).jpg
Río Pastillo near PR-501, km 4.6, in Barrio Marueño, Ponce, Puerto Rico
EtymologyBarrio Marueño
Location
CountryPuerto Rico
LocationPonce
Physical characteristics
Source 
 - locationBarrio Guaraguao, Ponce
 - elevation435 feet (133 m)[1]
Mouth 
 - location
Rio Matilde
 - elevation
15 feet (4.6 m)[2]
Length19 kilometers (12 mi)[3]
Basin features
ProgressionMarueño
Quebrada Limón
Canas
Canas Urbano
River systemRío Matilde[4]
Tributaries 
 - leftQuebrada Limon
Quebrada del Agua
Map showing the location of Río Pastillo among the other rivers in the municipality. The area in pink represents the urban zone of the city

Río Pastillo is a river in the municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico. It is also known as Río Marueño in the area of the municipality where it runs through barrio Marueño.[5] Together with Cañas River, Pastillo forms Matilde River. Pastillo is one of the 14 rivers in the municipality.

Origin[edit]

Río Pastillo[note 1] has its origin in the northern mountains of Ponce's Barrio Marueño,[6] in an area called Yagrumo.[7] This river runs for approximately 19 kilometers (12 mi) before reaching barrio Canas in the city of Ponce where it merges with Río Canas to form Matilde River.[8] The Government of Puerto Rico has plans to canalize this river.[9]

Feeder streams[edit]

Quebrada Limón and Quebrada del Agua are two of the main feeder streams to Pastillo River.[10] Quebrada del Agua was diverted via canalization to drain directly to the Caribbean Sea.[11] In times of heavy rainfall, Quebrada del Agua was prone to overflow, as it happened on 7 October 1985, when 16 people died due to its flooding.[12]

Course of the river[edit]

The following table summarizes the course of Rio Pastillo in terms of roads crossed. Roads are listed as the river flows from its origin in the mountains of Quebrada Limon, east of the city of Ponce, to its merging with Rio Canas to form Rio Matilde in Barrio Canas (N/A = Data not available):

No. Barrio Road Road's
km marker
NBI ID[13] Bridge name
(if any)
Direction
(of bridge traffic)
Coordinates Notes
1 Marueño PR-501 4.7 N/A Unnamed Both 18°4′12.7194″N 66°39′57.7434″W / 18.070199833°N 66.666039833°W / 18.070199833; -66.666039833 0.1 km N of Camino La Tuna
2 Marueño PR-501 4.3 N/A Unnamed Both 18°3′48.888″N 66°39′49.8234″W / 18.06358000°N 66.663839833°W / 18.06358000; -66.663839833 0.1 km S of Camino Parcelas Viejas; 0.2 km S of INT PR-501 & PR 502
3 Quebrada Limon PR-502 1.5 7701 Unnamed Both 18°2′46.3554″N 66°39′49.968″W / 18.046209833°N 66.66388000°W / 18.046209833; -66.66388000 0.1 km S of Camino Las Lisas
4 Canas PR-132 21.5 2731 Unnamed Both 18°2′4.4514″N 66°39′44.136″W / 18.034569833°N 66.66226000°W / 18.034569833; -66.66226000 Immediately W of INT w/PR-502; next to Esc. Julia Cordero Negron, Bo. Quebrada Limón
5 Canas North Main Street not marked 21581 Unnamed Both 18°0′45.144″N 66°38′53.9514″W / 18.01254000°N 66.648319833°W / 18.01254000; -66.648319833 At entrance to Jardines del Caribe-3ra Seccion (South of PR 132, km 3.1); N Main St is in J. del Caribe, between Calle 18 and Calle 22
6 Canas Urbano PR-500 1.0 23221 Unnamed Both 18°0′23.508″N 66°38′37.7874″W / 18.00653000°N 66.643829833°W / 18.00653000; -66.643829833 At where PR-163 and PR-500 become one same road
 


See also[edit]

Coordinates: 18°00′07″N 66°38′26″W / 18.0019106°N 66.6404508°W / 18.0019106; -66.6404508[14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Río Pastillo has sometimes been erroneously called Río Matilde. For example HERE (Informe Ecológico de Flora y Fauna, Proyecto Gasoducto del Sur: Peñuelas, Ponce, Juana Díaz, Santa Isabel, Salinas. For: Proyecto Gasoducto del Sur - Peñuelas, Ponce, Juana Díaz, Santa Isabel, Salinas. By: ENSR (Piscatway, NJ) - AEE (Autoridad de Energia Electrica). Retrieved 26 November 2013.) states "Río Matilde: ... Hacia el Norte desde su intersección con la Quebrada del Agua se le conoce como Río Pastillo." Translated and paraphrased: North of its intersection with Quebrada del Agua creek, Rio Matilde is known as Río Pastillo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maptest. Archived February 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. General Purpose Population Data, Census 2000. Unidad de Sistemas de Información Geográfica, Área de Tecnología de Información Gubernamental, Oficina de Gerencia y Presupuesto. Gobierno de Puerto Rico. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  2. ^ Maptest. Archived February 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. General Purpose Population Data, Census 2000. Unidad de Sistemas de Información Geográfica, Área de Tecnología de Información Gubernamental, Oficina de Gerencia y Presupuesto. Gobierno de Puerto Rico. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  3. ^ Estudios Sociales: Hidrografia of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Projecto Salon Hogar. Retrieved August 8, 2009.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Las Fiestas Populares de Ponce. Ramon Marin. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. 1994. Page 187. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  6. ^ La Historia de Nuestros Barrios: Barrio Marueño, Ponce. El Sur a la Vista. 21 June 2010.
  7. ^ Neysa Rodriguez-Deynes. Brevario Sobre la Historia de Ponce, Y Sus Principales Lugares de Interés. Secretaria de Arte y Cultura, Gobierno Municipal de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico. 1991. Page 2.
  8. ^ Estudios Sociales: Hidrografia of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Projecto Salon Hogar. Retrieved August 8, 2009.
  9. ^ Ponce en Marcha: Obras que si se ven. Government of Puerto Rico. El Sur a la Vista. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 2 November 2011. Page 56.
  10. ^ Estudios Sociales: Hidrografia of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Projecto Salon Hogar. Retrieved 8 August 2009.
  11. ^ Sunny A. Cabrera Salcedo. Hacia un Estudio Integral de la Toponimia del Municipio de Ponce, Puerto Rico. Ph. D. dissertation. May 1999. University of Massachusetts Amherst. Graduate School. Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Page 14.)
  12. ^ 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 11.
  13. ^ National Bridge Inventory Data: Puerto Rico, Ponce. James Baughn. BridgeReports.com 2018. Accessed 26 November 2018.
  14. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Río Pastillo

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