Rio Salado (Mexico)

The Río Salado, also Río Salado de los Nadadores,[1] or Salado River, is a river in northern Mexico, a tributary of the Rio Grande (Río Bravo). Its basin extends across the northern portion of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas states.

Río Salado
Map of the Rio Grande watershed, showing the Rio Salado joining the Rio Grande south of Laredo.
StateCoahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas
Physical characteristics
SourceSierra Madre Oriental
MouthRio Grande
 • location
Falcon International Reservoir
 • coordinates
26°52′N 99°19′W / 26.867°N 99.317°W / 26.867; -99.317Coordinates: 26°52′N 99°19′W / 26.867°N 99.317°W / 26.867; -99.317[1]
Basin size60,406 km2 (23,323 sq mi)[2]
 • locationIBWC station 08-4597.00 near Las Tortillas, Tamaulipas[2]
 • average10.02 m3/s (354 cu ft/s)[2]
 • minimum0 m3/s (0 cu ft/s)
 • maximum1,780 m3/s (63,000 cu ft/s)

It originates in the Sierra Madre Oriental in Coahuila and flows east-northeastward. It is joined by the Rio Sabinas in the reservoir created by the Venustiano Carranza Dam. The Salado flows southeast from the reservoir through northern Nuevo León and northwestern Tamaulipas, where it is joined by the Sabinas Hidalgo River, to join the Rio Grande in the Falcón Reservoir, at Rio Grande river kilometer 43.[2]

Economic importanceEdit

The river is used mainly for agricultural and mining activity, especially for irrigation of cotton. Fishing has been increasing because some species have been introduced such as gizzard shad, largemouth bass and white bass, among others. Water lilies have also been introduced.

Environmental impactEdit

The river faces a number of problems related to mismanagement. There is no system to regulate the exploitation of resources found there.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Rio Salado at GEOnet Names Server
  2. ^ a b c d "Water Bulletin Number 75: Flow of the Rio Grande and Related Data; From Elephant Butte Dam, New Mexico to the Gulf of Mexico". International Boundary and Water Commission. 2005. Retrieved 17 July 2010.