List of rivers of El Salvador

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This is a list of rivers in El Salvador .

El Salvador has 58 river basins which all drain to the Pacific Ocean. [1] The total amount of water discharged into the Pacific is 19 million m³ in a normal year. [2] Additionally, there are several endorheic basins linked to a lake. Coatepeque Lake is the largest endorheic basin in the country. [1]

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By drainage basin

This list is arranged by drainage basin, with respective tributaries indented under each larger stream's name.

Pacific Ocean

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References

  1. 1 2 "Mapas de Recursos Hídricos". San Salvador: Servicio Nacional de Estudios Territoriales (SNET). Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2009.
  2. "Water Resources Assessment of El Salvador" (PDF). United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). 1998. Archived from the original (pdf) on January 9, 2009. Retrieved May 4, 2009.