From Half-full to Half-empty: the Hydraulic Mission and Water Overexploitation in the Lerma-Chapala Basin, Mexico

P. Wester, E. Mollard, P. Silva-Ochoa, S. Vargas-Velázquez

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    Abstract

    This chapter portrays the river basin trajectory of the Lerma-Chapala basin in central Mexico focusing on three periods (1500-1910, 1911-1980 and 1981 to the present). For each period, an analysis of the history of water development and the concomitant transformations in terms of water control and management are given. It analyses the relationship between basin closure and the hydraulic mission, defined as the strong conviction that the state should develop hydraulic infrastructure to capture as much water as possible for human uses. It focuses on the role of the hydrocracy (hydraulic bureaucracy) in the creation of water overexploitation in the basin.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRiver Basin Trajectories: Societies, Environments and Development
    EditorsF. Molle, P. Wester
    Place of PublicationWallingford, UK
    PublisherCABI
    Chapter4
    Pages75-98
    ISBN (Print)9781845935382
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Publication series

    NameComprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture Series
    PublisherCABI
    Number8

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    Wester, P., Mollard, E., Silva-Ochoa, P., & Vargas-Velázquez, S. (2009). From Half-full to Half-empty: the Hydraulic Mission and Water Overexploitation in the Lerma-Chapala Basin, Mexico. In F. Molle, & P. Wester (Eds.), River Basin Trajectories: Societies, Environments and Development (pp. 75-98). (Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture Series; No. 8). CABI. https://doi.org/10.1079/9781845935382.0075