Dam Sanalona

Miguel Angel Victoria Fotógrafo

According to information from “Organismo de Cuenca Pacífico Norte de la Comisión Nacional del Agua” (Basin Organization North Pacific National Water Commission “Conagua”) in Sinaloa, in October and due to heavy rains this year, the Sanalona dam was 21 million cubic meters above its level.
The level of the reservoir was 694.6 million cubic meters, despite having spun a needle with a capacity of 673 million cubic meters.

Location of the Dam Sanalona

“Thanks to the work we have done within a matter of venting, the level of the dam Sanalona has come down.”

Dam Sanalona is located in the riverbed of the Tamazula River, 24 kilometers from the city of Culiacan, it was put into operation on January 1, 1948.
It has a hydroelectric plant capable of generating 14 megawatts of electric power , which began operations on May 8, 1963, its reservoir is approximately 673 million cubic meters of water.
Also the Sanalona dam is a place of recreation and relaxation for the inhabitants of the center of the state where sport fishing tournaments and some regattas are held.
Its waters are also used to irrigate the Culiacan Valley.
The construction of this dam was the economic trigger of the valley of Culiacan and therefore to the capital city Culiacan.
It was the first built in the state of Sinaloa, it is the 6th largest in the state and the 30th in the country.

Description of the Dam Sanalona

In order to take advantage of irrigation, the water of the Tamazula river, the Sanalona dam, which consists essentially of a land curtain type Gravity Escollera.
And provided on the left bank of headworks and in his right margin, a spillways was built type fan-free crest.
The curtain consists essentially of 3 zones of selected materials:
1: waterproof heart formed by a conglomerate of gravel low well graded fine, to improve this material it was added a layer of clay in the surface, modified clay granite (tucuruguay) was also used although in a minor extent and only in the lower parts.
2: backrests formed essentially permeable sand and gravel; It is placed over the heart and has waterproof slope 3: 1 upstream and 2: 1 downstream.
3: Sheet rock quarry formed product was placed by hand with a thickness of 1 m in the upstream slope only.
The pourer
It is located on the right bank and consists of a fan-type spillway free chalk, curved in plant discharge channel leading the water to the river Tamazula.

It has a capacity of 6,300 cubic meters vent / sec, the length is 218.9 m chalk.

Intake work

It is located on the left bank, consists essentially of two tunnels lined with concrete, in which pressure pipes initially drowned in blocks of concrete and provided with needle valves to regulate withdrawals at the downstream end of the pipes stay Pressure.
They downloaded freely on the cause of the river, its operating mechanisms being housed in a concrete shed.
In the downstream ends of the tunnels, they grid mounted on reinforced concrete structures of cylindrical shape, which serve as input transition to the tunnels, which are linked through elbow shaped installations.

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How this virtual tour was made

The equipment used to perform virtual tour are the following:

  • Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
  • Lens Sigma 8 mm Fisheye
  • Nodal Ninja NN4 Tripod Head
  • Manfrotto 190 Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Remote Switch

The software processing of the image was

  • Lightroom to process RAW files
  • PTGui for stitching images
  • Photoshop general and local settings
  • PanoTour Pro for generating virtual tour
After eating, I invited my wife, taking advantage that the rain stopped, to go to the Sanalona Dam, which is located really close to Culiacan…

Around 40 minutes from our house to do a virtual tour of the vent water that was taking place.
We left our car in the viewpoint of the dam and walked kilometer and a half, where I could make the necessary shots.

It was amazing watching the huge amount of water that was being vent…

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