2014 Drought

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. The majority of 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.

2014 Drought Information

As dry conditions continue throughout California and Butte County, conservation of water for all purposes is increasingly important. Spring storms brought rain, but the precipitation was not enough to bring us even close to average water conditions for this time of year. See the daily reservoir storage summary.

Tracking the Drought

A number of agencies are tracking the drought, water conditions, impacts, and available resources to help municipalities, households, and farmers.

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Butte County Drought Response

Butte County Drought Preparedness Plan

The Butte County Board of Supervisors adopted the Butte County Drought Preparedness and Mitigation Plan (Drought Plan) to protect the County from the effects of a drought and prepare appropriate responses. View Drought Preparedness Plan.

Butte County Drought Task Force

The County’s Drought Plan establishes the Drought Task Force (DTF) to monitor hydrologic conditions throughout the water year and report the findings to the Water Commission and the Board of Supervisors annually in non-drought situations and biannually, quarterly, or monthly as a drought progresses.

Drought Task Force Meetings

Agenda Supporting Documents
May 19, 2014 Hydrologic Conditions Update
February 18, 2014
November 18, 2013 2013 Hydrologic Conditions
June 17, 2013
November 15, 2012 2012 Hydrologic Conditions
April 25, 2011
June 11, 2010 DTF Update June 11, 2010
March 5, 2010 DRF Update March 5, 2010

Drought Task Force Members

The Drought Task force is comprised of various Department Directors and others in the County.

  • Director, Department of Water & Resource Conservation-Chair
  • Emergency Services Officer-Vice Chair
  • Chair, Butte County Water Commission
  • Chair, Butte Basin Water Users Association
  • Deputy Chief Administrative Officer
  • Director, Department of Public Works
  • Director, Division of Environmental Health
  • Agricultural Commissioner
  • Director, UC Cooperative Extension/County Farm Advisor
  • California Department of Forestry/Butte County Fire
  • District Conservationist, Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • President, Butte County Resource Conservation District

Water Conditions

Well Owners

Stay Informed

Stay connected with drought information by following these Twitter accounts.

Butte County Twitter @CountyofButte

DWR Twitter @CA_DWR

Save Our Water Twitter @SaveOurWater

NWS Sacramento Twitter @NWSSacramento

Water Tips

Visit the Save Our Water website for more tips on saving water at home.