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The '''Yaqui River''' ('''Río Yaqui''' in [[Spanish language|Spanish]]) ('''Hiak Vatwe''' in [[Yaqui language|Yaqui]]) is a [[river]] in the state of [[Sonora]] in northwestern [[Mexico]]. Being the largest river system in the state of [[Sonora]], the Yaqui river is used for [[irrigation]].
Approximately 320km (200mi) in length, the Yaqui flows south and southwest to empty into the [[Gulf of California]].
The Yaqui river originates in the [[Sierra Madre Occidental]] and flows into the [[Gulf of California]] near the city of [[Obregon]].
Its course is interrupted by several reservoirs like Plutarco Elías Calles (El Novillo), Lázaro Cárdenas (Angostura), or Álvaro Obregón (El Oviáchic, [[Lake Ouiachic]]), which provides the water resource for the intensively irrigated region of [[Ciudad Obregón]].
Of interesting note- the Yaqui River was once home to the [[American crocodile]] (''Crocodylus acutus'') and represented one of the northernmost natural locations for the species. Decades of environmental degradation in the region led to the extirpation of the species from the region.
*[http://www.azheritagewaters.nau.edu/loc_yaqui_river.html ''The Yaqui River Drainage,'' Americas Heritage Waters, Northern Arizona University]
*[http://www.cuencalosojos.org/ Cuenca Los Ojos Foundation]