Managing water for sustainable use and economic development is a technically and politically difficult challenge for many regions of the world (Lach et al. 2005; Jacobs et al. 2010). Because water is the lifeblood of agriculture in the Yaqui Valley and has been used almost exclusively for irrigation purposes, it is intimately tied to sustainability transitions in agriculture. Moreover, as demands increase for other uses, including supplying urban growth and maintaining environmental flows, broader sustainability concerns are being added.
We thank Steven Gorelick and Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio for their assistance in many aspects of this analysis, and Walter Falcon and Pamela Matson for ongoing input to the research and comments on this draft. We thank the Yaqui Irrigation District for sharing irrigation records and other useful data. In addition, we are grateful to Pedro Valenzuela Zárate and Ruben Rodrigo Garcia for taking the time to meet with us and for answering many of our questions regarding irrigation and water management in the valley. Ing. Ramón Romero Arreola, president of the Módulo de Riego No. 12, and the personnel of the CNA Departamento de Hidrometría del Distrito de Riego No. 041, Río Yaqui are also kindly acknowledged.
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