Scotts Valley

Source: CA DWR

Scotts Valley


  • Basin Name
  • Scotts Valley
  • Basin Number
  • 5-014
  • SGMA Basin Priority
  • Medium
  • Critically Overdrafted
  • No
  • Status
  • Subject to SGMA
  • DWR Region & POC
  • Northern Region Office
    Shane Edmunds
    (530) 528-7423

  • Number of Wells
  • 522
  • Hydrologic Region Name
  • Sacramento River Hydrologic Region
  • Counties
  • Lake
  • Adjacent Basins


Located in California’s Sacramento River hydrologic region, the Scotts Valley is 7,326 acres in size. This Medium priority basin is home to an estimated 6,548 people (2010 value), which have been at a rate of -3.37. Scotts Valley is a(n) basin with approximately 522 wells, of which approximately 8 are water supply wells. Groundwater accounts for approximately 66.03 percent of the basin’s water supply.

Source: CA DWR
Source: CA DWR

Basin Notes

2003: Bulletin 118 description

2014: CASGEM  basin prioritization – medium. Comments:
Boron exceeds EPA maximum. Some additional water quality issues (inorganics and nitrates), but not significant. Strong groundwater-surface water interaction with Clear Lake.
PubCom – Changed irrigated acreage to 133 ac/sq. mi, GW Use of 0.70 ac-ft/ac, calc Volume is 5124 Af-ft, 80% of the total supply coming from GW.

2018: Basin priority -medium.

GSA Information

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