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.

News and Announcements

Butte County Signs Proclamation of Local Emergency Caused by Recent Storm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.

Contact: Casey Hatcher (530) 538-6182
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Oroville, CA – A Local Emergency caused by recent storms has been proclaimed for Butte County. The proclamation was executed by the County Chief Administrative Officer, Paul Hahn and the Board of Supervisors will consider an item during the Board Meeting on January 24, 2017 to ratify the proclamation. The County executed the proclamation in response to substantial damage caused to County roads from heavy rain and flooding, as well as heavy winds which caused downed trees.

Proclaiming a Local Emergency due to the recent storms allows the County to access more resources to better assist with costs to fix local roads and assist residents affected by rising water levels and flooding. The full level of assistance for County roads and local residents still remains to be determined. For now, the County is focused on assessing the damage to County roads, such as the lane erosion on Centerville Road and the shifting of a portion of Oro-Quincy Hwy above Brush Creek. The County is also assessing damages to local residents whose properties were damaged during the recent storms.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 /Number of views (11) /Categories: News and Announcements

County Encourages Residents to Recycle Green Waste from the Storm Closer to Home

Take Fallen Tree Limbs, Branches, and Leaves to Facilities in Your Community

For immediate release: Monday, January 13, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Casey Hatcher 530.518.3508
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Oroville, CA – The sun is out today and Butte County residents are cleaning up from the recent set of storms. Many residents are finding fallen tree limbs, branches, and leaves on their property. The County encourages residents who are cleaning up green and wood debris to take it to a compost facility in their community instead of bringing it to the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility (Neal Road Facility) where it must be put in the landfill rather than recycled due to recent changes. The Neal Road Facility stopped accepting green and wood waste for recycling on December 1, 2016 after the closure of several biomass energy plants left the facility without a outlet for the material.

Green and wood waste has a beneficial use as source material for compost. Compost and green waste collection facilities accepting green and wood waste are available in Chico, Oroville, Paradise, and the Gridley, Biggs communities. Taking this waste to a local facility can save a trip out to Neal Road and keep this material out of the landfill.

Historically, the Neal Road Facility has been able to recycle green and wood waste because it could be ground up and sent to biomass energy plants for conversion to energy. The money the biomass plants paid for the wood chips covered the cost to haul it away and kept the bulky material out of the landfill. This recycling option allowed the Neal Road Facility to take green and wood waste at a reduced fee. Recent closure of many biomass plants in California means the Neal Road Facility can no longer recycle the green and wood waste it receives. There was no change for residents with commercial green waste pickup as those waste haulers already take this material to local or regional compost facilities.

Compost and Green Waste Recycling Facilities in Your Community

City of Chico Compost Facility
4441 Cohasset Road, Chico

Ord Ranch Road Transfer Station
119 Ord Ranch Road, Gridley

Recology in Oroville
2720 S. 5th Avenue, Oroville

Old Durham Wood
1156 Oro-Chico Hwy, Durham

Northern Recycling & Waste Service
920 American Way, Paradise

Friday, January 13, 2017 /Number of views (460) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County One-Stop Satellite Location Now Open at the Paradise Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2017 – 2:45 p.m.
Contact: Deanna Abrahamian, 530.879.3444
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Paradise – The community is invited to attend an Open House hosted by the Paradise Library One-Stop on Tuesday, January 17th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm to learn about the new employment services available on the Ridge. Supervisor Doug Teeter and County Librarian Melanie Lightbody will both welcome community members during the Open House, and refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Library. 

Individuals can now receive assistance finding employment at the new One-Stop satellite location at the Paradise Library, which is open Tuesdays from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm and Thursdays from 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm. The new One-Stop location opened in Mid-November last year.

One-Stop offices are run collaboratively by the Butte County Department of Employment & Social Services (DESS) and the Alliance for Workforce Development (AFWD). DESS & AFWD are partnering with the Butte County Library to provide the One-Stop satellite office at the Paradise Library in order to expand access to citizens who live in Paradise and the surrounding Ridge communities. All locations provide current job listings, facilitate recruitment and interviews, and provide information and training to both employers and job-seekers. Additionally, residents who need to apply for public assistance programs, such as CalFresh and Medi-Cal, can do so at any One-Stop. 

The Paradise satellite location will offer many of the primary One-Stop services used by job seekers including job listings, resume assistance, career counseling, resume development, printing and scanning, customized referrals and help in applying for public assistance programs. Butte County will now have three One-Stop locations, which help to strengthen the economy of both individual households and the community by helping residents secure employment. The other One-Stops in Butte County are located at 2445 Carmichael Drive in Chico and 78 Table Mountain Boulevard in Oroville.  

Thursday, January 12, 2017 /Number of views (157) /Categories: News and Announcements

Conditions Upgraded to Flood Warning for Areas of Northern California

Flooding Expected in Butte County Streams

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 8, 2017 – 9:30 a.m.
Contact: Casey Hatcher 530.538.6182 or 530.518.3508
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Oroville, CA - The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning Sunday morning for streams in portions of Northern California, including Butte County until 6:00 am Tuesday morning, A Flood Warning means flooding is imminent or occurring and all interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately. A Wind Advisory has also been issued for areas in Butte County until 6:00 pm this evening. The Wind Advisory forecasts southerly winds increasing to 20 to 30 MPH with gusts up to 40 to 50 MPH. Residents should be aware of downed trees, branches, and power lines. Do not approach downed power lines. Call 911 to report downed trees and power lines.

Residents are encouraged to prepare to protect property from flooding. Butte County residents have filled thousands of sandbags at locations where sand is provided throughout the County yesterday and this morning. Drivers should be aware of rising water and not drive through flooded roadways. Turn around, don't drown.

Sunday, January 08, 2017 /Number of views (349) /Categories: News and Announcements

Flood Watch Issued for Northern California

Heavy Rain Expected Saturday Evening through Monday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 5, 2017 – 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Casey Hatcher 530.538.6182 or 530.518.3508
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Oroville, CA - The National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch for portions of Northern California, including Butte County, which mean conditions are right for flooding in the area. An atmospheric river, which produces periods of intense rain, is forecast to take aim at California this weekend with heavy precipitation, high snow levels and soils that are already saturated from recent storms. Moderate precipitation starts Saturday (7th), but the brunt of storm will be Sunday, tapering off Monday. This is going to be some of the more significant flooding we've seen in the past decade, and areas may flood that haven't seen impacts for several years. Use the break in the weather today and Friday to prepare. 

Thursday, January 05, 2017 /Number of views (432) /Categories: News and Announcements