Welcome to Butte County

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Many Butte County residents live in one of the five incorporated towns or cities: Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Butte County government provides services to residents through 23 diverse departments. Services include elections, road maintenance, public safety, solid waste disposal, and health and human services to name a few.

Oroville Dam Historical Documents

Below you will find documents that provide a history and timeline of the relationship between Butte County and the Department of Water Resources relating to the Oroville Dam.
Please note: the County does not guarantee the completeness of all documents posted.

August 13, 2002
Report to Butte County Supervisors on Lake Oroville Relicensing

May 1, 1955
Oroville Reservoir Report 05-1955 by Fish and Wildlife

October 15, 1956
DWR Economic Impact Report of the Construction of Oroville Dam and Power Plant Upon the Oroville Area

October 18, 1960
DWR General Evaluation of the Proposed Program for Financing and Constructing the State Water Resources Development System of the State of California Department of Water Resources

August 4, 1961
DWR Recreation Land Use and Acquisition Plan

August 1, 1961
DWR Project Housing Needs Economic Study

February 19, 1964
DWR State Water Project Design and Construction

January 1965
DWR Bulletin 153-65: Allocations of Costs Among Purposes of the California State Water Project

February 1966
DWR Economic Analysis of the Oroville Visitor Facilities

April 1966
DWR Bulletin 119-23: Feasibility of Serving Butte County from the State Water Project

October 1966
DWR Typical Recreation Facilities under the Davis-Grunsky Act

December 1966
DWR Bulletin 153-67: Allocations of Costs Among Purposes of the California State Water Projects

December 1966
DWR Bulletin 117-6: Oroville Reservoir Thermalito Forebay Thermalito Afterbay - Water Resources Recreation Report

June 1968
DWR Bulletin 117-18: Oroville Borrow Area - Water Resources Recreation Report

February 1968
DWR Bulletin 153-68 Allocations of Costs Among Purposes of the California State Water Project

December 20, 1966
DWR Progress of the Department of Water Resources 1961-66

October 1972
DWR Economic Impact Study Oroville Area Memorandum Report


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