Indian Wells Valley

Source: CA DWR

Indian Wells Valley



Located in California’s South Lahontan hydrologic region, the Indian Wells Valley is 383,492 acres in size. This High priority basin is home to an estimated 34,837 (2010 census) people (2010 value), which have been increasing based on + population trend at a rate of 33%.
Indian Wells Valley is a(n) basin with approximately 1835 wells, of which approximately 47 are water supply wells. Groundwater accounts for approximately 100 percent of the basin’s water supply.

Source: CA DWR
Source: CA DWR

Basin Notes

2003: Bulletin 118 basin description

2014: CASGEM basin prioritization – medium. Comment: “Overdraft has been documented since the 1960’s. Water quality issues with respect to overdraft and mixing of aquifers.”

2018: Draft basin priority – high. Comment – CRITICAL OVERDRAFT 2016  KCWA showed long-term hydrographs in a 2016 meeting that showed definite groundwater level decline.

Indian Wells Valley is co-managed with the Kern County GSA by the City of Ridgecrest, Inyo County,  San Bernardino County, Indian Wells Valley Water District, the United States Navy – Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

2018 Final Basin Prioritization: Basin prioritization is changed from medium to high priority.

2020: January 31 – GSP filed with DWR

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