Sacramento Valley – Colusa



Located in California’s Sacramento River hydrologic region, the Sacramento Valley – Colusa is 723,823.74 acres in size. This High priority basin is home to an estimated 43,775 people (2010 value), which have been at a rate of 23.68.

Sacramento Valley – Colusa is a(n) basin with approximately 5972 wells, of which approximately 88 are water supply wells. Groundwater accounts for approximately 37 percent of the basin’s water supply.

Source: CA DWR
Source: CA DWR

Basin Notes

2003: Bulletin 118 basin description

2014: Basin prioritization – medium. Comments: Severely declining GW levels along the west-side of Glenn Co. Moderately declining GW levels in the Capay area. High TDS shallow aquifer in Maxwell- Williams area.
Increase in housing development along I5. GW-SW interaction is important to maintaining waterfowl refuges. Area is being highlighted as solution area for Delta outflow issues…proposed increase in CU and GW pumping.

2016: Basin boundary modification

Revised basin boundary description

2018: Priority – high

Per 2018 draft basin prioritization: Groundwater-related transfer  “Type A” in which local groundwater is pumped to compensate for exported supply

Butte County basin boundary/consolidation request for Colusa and the Wyandotte Creek 5-021.69, Corning 5-021.51,  Vina 5-021.57, West Butte 5-021.58, East Butte 5-021.59, Sutter 5-021.62 subbasins pending

Basin boundary modification approved. Per DWR: It “revises the central-easterly boundary of the Colusa and West Butte subbasins to extend easterly to follow the western boundary of Reclamation District 1004. The revision places the Colusa Groundwater Authority wholly within the Colusa subbasin.” Phase 2 draft priority: high.

GSA Information