Water & Resource Conservation

Butte County's Department of Water and Resource Conservation was formed on July 1, 1999 following many years implementing programs to protect the Butte County water resources.

Our Mission: To manage and conserve water and other resources for the citizens of Butte County.

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308 Nelson Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965


Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.




Meet the Water and Resource Conservation Staff

Paul Gosselin, Director

Paul GosselinPaul Gosselin joined Butte County in November, 2007, as its third Director of Water and Resource Conservation. The Department manages the County's State Water Project Table A allocation, investigates and reports on groundwater conditions, administers Chapter 33, implements the Groundwater Management Plan, fosters regional partnerships and other water resource activities. Prior to joining Butte County, Paul was Chief Deputy Director for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. From 1989 to 1993 he was the Director of Regulatory Services for the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture. Paul received a Bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Masters degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts. 

Contact Paul by phone at 530.552.3590.

Vickie Newlin, Assistant Director

Vickie NewlinVickie Newlin began her Butte County career in water and resources in 1997, working for the Water Division of the Agricultural Commissioner, prior to this Division evolving into the Department of Water and Resource Conservation in 1999. She has also worked in a variety of both public and private sector management positions. Vickie recently returned to the Department after being on loan from the County to the California Bay-Delta Program for two and a half years. In this capacity, she helped to coordinate resource agency interaction with local stakeholders throughout the Northstate. She earned both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Public Administration from California State University , Chico , as well as a Paralegal Certificate. She and has three grown children, Jeremy, Lindsey and Alex and makes her home in Chico.

Contact Vickie Newlin by phone at 530.538.2179.

Christina Buck, Water Resources Scientist

Dr. Christina BuckChristina Buck first worked for Butte County Water and Resource Conservation as a student intern during the summers of 2005 and 2006. She recently returned in June, 2012, as their new Water Resources Scientist. She’s spent the past 5 years doing graduate work at UC Davis participating in a variety of projects related to hydrogeology and groundwater-surface water interaction, water resources management, and enjoyed a number of field studies, including a rafting trip down the Kobuk River in Alaska. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Hydrology from UC Davis and completed a Ph.D. in Hydrologic Sciences in 2013, also from UC Davis. 

Contact Dr. Christina Buck by phone at 530.552.3593.



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Water & Resource Conservation
Phone:    530.552.3595
Fax:          530.538.3807

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 Location and Hours

Water & Resource Conservation
308 Nelson Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays


Groundwater Pumpers Advisory Committee Meeting
Monday, May 21, 2018, 8:30am
Chico State Farm
311 Nicholas C. Shouten Ln., Room A009
Chico, CA

Water Commission Meeting
Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 1:30pm
Board Chambers
25 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA

Water Commission Meeting-CANCELLED
Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 1:30pm 
Board Chambers
25 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA