Presa de El Zapotillo, Jalisco, Mexico


Esta represa en los Altos de Jalisco inundaría el poblado de Temacapulin, con unos mil habitantes, una basílica el siglo XVIII, instalaciones de aguas termales. Temacapulín ha estado luchando durante 10 años contra este proyecto. La empresa constructora es la española FCC.

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Basic Data
NamePresa de El Zapotillo, Jalisco, Mexico
SiteTemacapulin / Cañadas de Obregon
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Water Management
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Water access rights and entitlements
Dams and water distribution conflicts
Land acquisition conflicts
Interbasin water transfers/transboundary water conflicts
Specific CommoditiesWater
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsConstruction of a dam in Cañadas de Obregon for human supply mainly transferred to Leon (interbasin transfer) and Guadalajara cities. The project is promoted by the Comision Nacional del Agua (CONAGUA) and the Comision Estatal del Agua (CEA). The water would be transferred to Leon, Guanajuato and Guadalajara, Jalisco. The dam would create a reservoir that would flood Temacapulin, Acasico and Palmarejo).

The original project (450 Hm3 considering 80 m curtain) was modified in 2008 for increase to a double capacity reservoir (911 Hm3, 105 m high curtain) distributing 3.8 m3/seg to Leon, 3.0 m3/seg to Guadalajara and 1.8 m3/seg to Altos Region, were the dam is located. The expected dam cost is 1300 million dollars, it doesn't includes the pipeline to Guanajuato neither the necesary constructions (interconected asociated dams, water treatment plants or net for water supply for and inner towns).
Project Area (in hectares)5000
Level of Investment (in USD)700,000,000
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population3000
Start Date2005
Company Names or State EnterprisesFomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) from Spain
ABENGOA S.A. from Spain
Relevant government actorsCONAGUA, CEA, SEMARNAT, Suprema Corte de Justicia Nacional, Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco, Gobierno del Estado de Gunajuato, Municipio de Cañadas de Obregon
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersMAPDER, Rios Vivos, Colectivo COA, IMDEC, TPP (Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
International ejos
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Local scientists/professionals
Religious groups
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Refusal of compensation
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Potential: Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Waste overflow
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Specific impacts on women
OtherFlooding by dam
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Court decision (undecided)
Under negotiation
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Withdrawal of company/investment
Development of AlternativesTo stop the dam at a height of 60 m or even 80 m instead of 105 m.
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.In 2014 it seems that despite the Supre Court decision, the am might be built to a height of 105 m.
Sources and Materials

Pagina web de la resistencia a la presa de El Zapotillo
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No a la Presa El Zapotillo, 2010, Repliega la Policía Estatal a los pobladores de Temacapulín en el predio Talicoyunque
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Kaos en la Red, 2014, México: Comunidades de Jalisco en riesgo de desalojo forzoso por la presa El Zapotillo
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La Jornada, 2014, Alcaldía en Jalisco pide a la SCJN verificar que presa El Zapotillo no rebase los 80 metros
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Media Links

EJOLT documentary video with interviews in Temacapulin
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Descripcion del conflicto en los primeros años
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Fotografias: No a la Presa El Zapotillo
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Other Documents

Sitio de construccion
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Protestas en Temacapullin
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Entrada en la ciudad Source:
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Meta Information
ContributorHeliodoro Ochoa & JMA
Last update05/09/2017