East Salton Sea

Source: CA DWR

East Salton Sea


  • Basin Name
  • East Salton Sea
  • Basin Number
  • 7-033
  • SGMA Basin Priority
  • Very Low
  • Critically Overdrafted
  • No
  • Hydrologic Region Name
  • Colorado River
  • Counties
  • Imperial, Riverside
  • Adjacent Basins
  • Imperial Valley 7-030, Chocolate Valley 7-032, Amos Valley 7-034,


Located in California’s hydrologic region, the East Salton Sea is 194,844 acres in size. This Very Low priority basin is home to an estimated 1,093 people (2010 value), which have been at a rate of -10.33.

East Salton Sea is a(n) basin with approximately 14 wells, of which approximately 0 are water supply wells. Groundwater accounts for approximately 2.57 percent of the basin’s water supply.

Source: CA DWR

Basin Notes

2003: Bulletin 118 basin description

2014: CASGEM prioritization – very low

2018: Draft priority – very low. Comments:

  • 1) CASGEM/WDL/GWIDS: No data or data insufficent to determine GWL status. Source: DWR
  • 2) No available documentation on groundwater level decline past or present in the basin

Noted: Groundwater Availability within the Salton Sea Basin, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2008

2019 Final Basin Prioritization: Basin remains at very low priority.

GSA Information

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