Sinaloa Santa María Dam the project “Quirino” couldn’t complete


The bureaucracy … and the State Government has been the worst enemy for the assurance of drinking water in southern Sinaloa

Mazatlán, Sinaloa.- Five years ago, in the community of Santa María, in the municipality of Rosario, the flag was raised that promised to ensure water for the south of Sinaloa and end a long-standing problem … but that dream not yet fulfilled.


“A dream of more than 60 years ago …”, prayed during the banner of the great work in 2015, the former governor of Sinaloa, Mario López Valdez, and the delegate of the National Water Commission, David Korenfeld, in the government scored by Enrique Peña Nieto when we have the information.


There, in front of officials from the municipalities of El Rosario and Escuinapa, south of Sinaloa, all received the promise that in three years the most important hydraulic work in the state would be completed, one that would benefit more than 100,000 citizens, with an investment of more than 7 billion pesos.


It is already more than half of 2020, and the government of Quirino Ordaz Coppel, who took over on December 31, 2016, has only one year left in office, and the work should have been completed in the second year of his government.

According to Hugo Fletes Montaño, coordinator of the Baluarte-Presidio Committee, the total cost of the hydraulic work, with irrigation channels and the hydroelectric work, amounts to 19 billion pesos, and in five years only 8.4 million have been invested percent, that is, 1,600 million pesos.

From 2015 to date, the work accumulates seven blockades, two years late to complete the reservoir, the curtain, and the rest of the dam’s structure, and a lack of interest from Sinaloa politicians.


Community members interviewed by Reacción Informativa stated that the second week of August 2020, the last meeting was held with the other colleagues to learn about the Santa María legal process, however, disappointed, they reported that there is still no date defined by part of the Government of Quirino Ordaz Coppel to ‘unlock’ the work, whose administration culminates in 2021.

The community member Jesús Arnoldo Santiago Uribe, declared that each of the residents who have been indicted in the process of the work, expect a fair resolution after all the legal procedure.

“The community of Santa María is not denied the development of what is southern Sinaloa, we say loud and clear that we ourselves are going to benefit; we are waiting for the fair payments of everything that belongs to the community, the negotiations are still going on … the State Government only needs to finalize what is going to be sentenced and on that everything is going to move ”, he commented.


The promise of water had a cost: the sacrifice of the homes of more than 300 people, who have not finished receiving compensation.

“Of the 80 million that must be granted, the first payment was 20 million, and the second payment was another 20 (million), they are subtracting more than 38 million pesos to compensate; the State Government says that it will give this appeal when the part of the ratification of the withdrawal of the Amparo is released, but this withdrawal will occur when there is an agreement between the government and the community, “said community member Santiago Uribe.

According to the latest agreements, the relocation of the town of Santa María would be close to the community of Los Otates, in El Rosario, however, this has not happened because there is no certainty that the work will continue.


On August 16, Governor Quirino Ordaz Coppel met with the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sader, Víctor Manuel Villalobos Arámbula, and with the CEO of Grupo ICA, Guadalupe Phillips Margain.

With everything and a mask, the governor explained and assured that the work is already in the last stage of appraisals with the Institute of Administration and Appraisals of National Assets, INDAABIN, waiting for the restart of construction.

For his part, the Undersecretary of the Interior, Joel Bouciéguez Lizárraga, was interviewed, who commented that the community members who decided to pause the work, have already agreed to withdraw from the Amparo filed.

“We are waiting for the arrival of a new appraisal that will give us the exact value of the timber goods there, the land has already been covered; there is already the will of the community members to go before the district judge and desist from the Amparo lawsuit filed so that the works would stop ”.

“Surely in 10 or 15 days the issue will be resolved, there will be an assembly this weekend to dialogue with the community members and reach agreements where they demonstrate in favor of the state government,” he commented.


According to the deputy Édgar Augusto Zatarain González, president of the Fisheries Commission of the State Congress, and who was interviewed by Reacción Informativa to address the problem, he told Quirino Ordaz Coppel of not giving continuity to the execution of the work.

“It has not been for lack of resources because the Federal Government has already allocated 1.62 million; 99 million State Government, and Congress 119 million; here what is lacking is the will of the State Governor, Quirino Ordaz Coppel, he does not put it in the order of priority, as he has done with the Mazatlán and Culiacán stadiums ”, he declared.

The senator from Sinaloa, Rubén Rocha Moya, was sought to interview him about his participation to complete the work, but he did not agree due to scheduling reasons.

For the businessman from Rosario, Tobías Lozano Solorza, and who at the same time is a member of the Presidio Baluarte Committee, Governor Quirino Ordaz Coppel is left to duty in the progress of the work.

“Practically, they don’t tell us anything … right now everything is in the hands of the State Government and I think there is a good limit, the Federation has complied, it has given the dam a budget, despite the pandemic the budget was still there, but those who have It has been the duty of the State Government in the management to unblock the protection, so little or nothing can be done by the federal legislators, that remains in an administrative process in the government of Quirino Ordaz, “he said.


For 2020, the Federal Government allocated one thousand 62 million pesos in the Federal Expenditure Budget for the hydraulic work, from which the construction company ICA continues to absorb the amount of 300 thousand pesos per day, despite the fact that the machinery is without being operated, and the dam has not reported any progress since 2019, revealed the legislator Zatarain González.


Informative Reaction sought out the mayor of Rosario, Manuel Pineda Domínguez, to discuss the municipality’s participation in the development of the Santa María dam, but no response was obtained. Instead, the Secretary of the City Council, Maximiliano Mora Uribe, was interviewed.

The Rosario official said that despite the fact that the great work is being carried out in the municipality of El Rosario, for the local authorities the legal issue is not of utmost importance, since they have neither voice nor vote.

“The municipal government at the beginning only contributed the change of land use and the construction permit, since then, the role of the City Council in the municipality of Rosario has been that of the guarantor, of conditions for the development of talks with the beneficiaries, which are the organized groups, and also those who feel affected by these works, which are the community members of Santa María ”.

Mora Uribe said that as a municipality they only provide facilities on the requirements of the Federal Government and the ICA company.


Every year, the dry season “hits” hard in the communities of El Rosario and Escuinapa, municipalities that depend, for the most part, on the conditions of the water tables, and the retention of wells.

The problem worsens further south, in Escuinapa, where at least five communities suffer from a lack of water: Palmillas II, Teacapán, Tecualilla, Ejido de La Campana and Loma Gabriel Leyva Solano. Although the municipal seat is also affected by the lack of water.


The development has not been able to reach the south (south) of Sinaloa due to lack of water. A palpable case is that of the Integrally Planned Center, CIP, Playa Espíritu.

The tourist complex was born from the six-year term of Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, who paid 119 million dollars to the former governor of Sinaloa, Antonio Toledo Corro, for the land, and has not been completed due to several factors. And even if it was completed, the lack of water would make it ‘inoperable’.


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