Bayagán River

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Río Bayagán
IMG 3797 - Rio Bayagan next to PR-505 in Barrio Machuelo Arriba, Ponce, PR.jpg
Río Bayagán running alongside PR-505 in Barrio Machuelo Arriba, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Location
CountryPuerto Rico
LocationPonce, Puerto Rico
Physical characteristics
Source 
 - locationBarrio Montes Llanos
 - elevation1,650 feet (500 m)(intermittent)[1]
141 feet (43 m) (perennial)[2]
Mouth 
 - location
Rio Cerrillos, Barrio Machuelo Arriba
 - elevation
42 feet (13 m)[3]
Length9 km (5.6 mi)[4]
Basin features
ProgressionBarrio Montes Llanos,
Barrio Machuelo Arriba
River systemRío Bucaná
Map showing the location of Río Bayagán among the other rivers in the municipality. The area in pink represents the urban zone of the city

Río Bayagán is a river in the municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Bayagán is a tributary of Cerrillos River. It has a length of approximately six kilometers and runs in a southerly direction, mostly along PR-505. It originates in barrio Montes Llanos and runs south through barrio Machuelo Arriba for about nine kilometers until it meets Río Cerrillos. It is part of the Bucaná River watershed. This river is one of the 14 rivers in the municipality.

Origin[edit]

Río Bayagán has its origin in Montes Llanos,[5] in an area about two kilometers northwest of Pico Pinto (English: Pinto Peak). This river extends from the mountains in Montes Llanos and gathers waters from the streams in the vicinity of 18.08908 North and 66.61629 West, in the area of Hacienda Usera.

Course and extension[edit]

Río Bayagán progresses in a southern direction through barrio Machuelo Arriba making its way southward until its mouth. Rio Bayagan's mouth is at coordinates 18.043575 North and 66.585728 West, just west of Urbanización Valle Alto in the city of Ponce. At that point it feeds into Rio Cerrillos, at an altitude of 42 feet. Rio Cerrillos will, in turn feed, into Río Bucaná further downstream, with the latter emptying into the Caribbean Sea about eight kilometers further downstream.[6]

The following table summarizes the course of Río Bayagán in terms of roads crossed. Roads are listed as the river flows from its origin in the mountains of Montes Llanos, north of the city of Ponce, to its merging with Rio Cerrillos in Barrio Machuelo Arriba to form Rio Bucana (N/A = Data not available):

No. Barrio Road Road's
km marker
NBI ID[7] Bridge name
(if any)
Direction
(of bridge traffic)
Coordinates Notes
1 Machuelo Arriba PR-505 1.9 16361 Unnamed Both unknown
2 Machuelo Arriba PR-139 1.7 18591 Unnamed Both 18°2′48.0114″N 66°35′13.02″W / 18.046669833°N 66.5869500°W / 18.046669833; -66.5869500
 


Length and type[edit]

Bayagán is only six kilometers long. However, the river is mostly an intermittent river, being perennial only about half a kilometer of its final course.[8] Like several other rivers in southern Puerto Rico, Río Bayagán flows perennially only during the rainy season.[9]

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 18°02′37″N 66°35′09″W / 18.0435751°N 66.5857282°W / 18.0435751; -66.5857282[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maptest. Archived 2010-02-18 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. ^ Feature Query Results. US Geological Survey. Feature ID 1612432. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  3. ^ Maptest. Archived 2010-02-18 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.
  4. ^ Maptest. Archived 2010-02-18 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.
  5. ^ Government of the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce. Recursos Naturales. Ponce Ciudad Señorial. Archived 2010-11-21 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Hacienda Usera, Monte Llano Barrio, Ponce Municipio, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  7. ^ National Bridge Inventory Data: Puerto Rico, Ponce. James Baughn. BridgeReports.com 2018. Accessed 26 November 2018.
  8. ^ Maptest. Archived 2010-02-18 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.
  9. ^ Los Rios. Archived 2012-04-01 at the Wayback Machine Hojas de Nuestro Ambiente. February 2007: P013. Page 1. Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  10. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Río Bayagán

External links[edit]

  • USGS Hydrologic Unit Map – Caribbean Region (1974)