Cerrillos River

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Cerrillos River
Rio Cerrillos.JPG
Cerrillos River near the Lake Cerrillos Dam
Country Puerto Rico
City Ponce
Basin features
Main source Barrio Anón
1,200 feet (370 m)[1]
River mouth Río Bucaná
69 feet (21 m)[2]
Progression Anón
Maraguez
Cerrillos
River system Río Bucaná
Basin size 17.80 sq mi (46.1 km2)[3]
Tributaries
Physical characteristics
Length 18.5 miles (29.8 km)[4]
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    24,000 cu ft/s (680 m3/s)[5]
Map showing the location of Río Cerrillos among the other rivers in the municipality. The area in pink represents the urban zone of the city

Cerrillos River (Spanish: Río Cerrillos) is a river in the municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Río Cerrillos has its origin in barrio Anón and runs south until it feeds into Bucaná River. Río Cerrillos is commonly known by the locals as Maragüez River, because most of its course runs through Barrio Maragüez. This river is one of the 14 rivers in the municipality. The river has a discharge of 24,000 cubic feet per second,[6] making it the second most affluent river in the municipality after Río Jacaguas.

Course[edit]

From its origin about 1 kilometer south of the intersection of PR-139 and PR-143, Río Cerrillos runs south for 1.8 kilometers where it is fed by Río Prieto west of PR-139. From this point on, Rio Cerrillos runs parallel to PR-139 for 2 kilometers in barrio Anón before reaching barrio Maraguez. Continuing on its southernly course for about 1.2 kilometers, Río Cerrillos is fed by Río San Patricio. Five kilometers further downstream Río Cerrillos forms Lake Cerrillos, as a result of its dam. Flowing out of the Cerrillos dam, Río Cerrillos runs south for 1 kilometer until it enters barrios Machuelo Arriba and barrio Cerrillos, being the boundary between the two barrios. The river continues its southern course parallel to PR-139 for 5 kilometers until it reaches PR-5139. In another kilometer downstream it is fed by Quebrada Ausubo, and another kilometer further south it is fed by Río Bayagán. At this point it feeds into Río Bucaná where it terminates.[7][8]

Cerrillos Lake and Dam[edit]

Cerrillos is the feeder river for Lake Cerrillos Dam in Barrio Maragüez, in the municipality of Ponce. The lake is an artificial reservoir holding 47,900 acre-feet (59,100,000 m3) of water. The dam that made the lake possible was completed in 1992. The lake is surrounded by the Cerrillos State Forest north of the dam. The area immediately south of the dam is a park, the Luis A. Wito Morales Park.

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 18°07′55″N 66°34′48″W / 18.1319046°N 66.5798949°W / 18.1319046; -66.5798949[9]

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. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Projecto Salon Hogar (Estudios Sociales, Puerto Rico, Ponce, Hidrografia). Retrieved August 8, 2009.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Salon Hogar.com-Ponce, Hidrografia Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  8. ^ 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 18 November 2011.
  9. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Río Cerrillos

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