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Water years 2012 and 2013 were dry statewide. With 2014 off to a record dry start, Governor Brown took swift action on January 17, 2014 to declare a State of Emergency that will address growing water, agricultural, and economic concerns around the State due to extreme drought conditions. Droughts are a natural disaster and surviving any natural disaster requires planning and preparation. Information contained in this site is designed to help you prepare and respond.

News and Announcements

Reporting Well Problems Due to the Drought

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2014
Contact: Dr. Christina Buck 538-4343

Oroville, CA – July 16, 2014. Butte County is receiving a number of calls regarding household wells in Durham, outskirts of Chico, and in foothill areas that are no longer producing water, or ‘going dry’. This occurs when the groundwater level falls below the level of the pump or the bottom of the well. The Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation would like to hear from people who are experiencing problems with their private household or agricultural production wells due to the drought. Although the County cannot solve individual well problems, documenting the problems helps in our drought assessment efforts and understanding groundwater basin conditions. Well problems could include wells that have ‘gone dry’ (are no longer producing water), wells that are producing water sporadically, wells with increased sand or sediment, or reduced water pressure. A voluntary online form is available for reporting problems, http://goo.gl/fTTtHk.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 /Number of views (155) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Hall of Records Site in Oroville

July 10, 2014, 9:30 a.m. at 155 Nelson Avenue in Oroville

For Immediate Release: July 4, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.
Media Contact: Casey Hatcher
530.518.3508

Oroville – Butte County will hold a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. to mark the beginning of construction for the Hall of Records at 155 Nelson Avenue in Oroville. The Hall of Records will provide a climate-controlled facility allowing Butte County to properly maintain its historical records and, therefore, its history. The facility will also provide the public with improved access to Butte County’s historical records both in its physical location, as well as, electronically. The 35,637 sq. ft. Hall of Records will include office and warehouse space. The facility will house the Butte County Clerk-Recorder and Butte County Elections staff.

Friday, July 04, 2014 /Number of views (240) /Categories: News and Announcements

Learn How to Save Water at Home and Receive a Free Water Conservation Kit

Residents Invited to Free Events on June 20th and 21st

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Casey Hatcher 530.538.6182
#SaveOurWater #ButteSavesWater
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Butte County – Residents are invited to attend free water conservation events throughout Butte County to learn tips for saving water at home. Free water conservation kits will be handed out to residents. Kits are provided by the local water districts in Chico, Oroville, and Paradise. Everyone that stops by an event will be entered, for free, to win a gift pack from Home Depot full of items to save water outdoors. 

Water Conservation Event Dates and Times

Friday, June 13, 2014 /Number of views (869) /Categories: News and Announcements

Annual Burn Ban to be Declared June 1, 2014

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Media Contact: Duty PIO 530-521-8265

Butte County – Effective midnight May 31, 2014 open burning of dooryard debris piles will be banned in Butte County. The suspension of burn permits is being enacted earlier this year due to the lack of winter rains, resulting in dryer than normal conditions.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 /Number of views (686) /Categories: News and Announcements
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