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.
|Title of host publication||River Basin Trajectories: Societies, Environments and Development|
|Editors||F. Molle, P. Wester|
|Place of Publication||Wallingford, UK|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Name||Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture Series|
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