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.

Water Conditions

Current Hydrologic Conditions and Precipitation Data

The following links provide access to data on current conditions in the north state and statewide. 

Local Groundwater Conditions

Groundwater levels tend to fluctuate seasonally, and over the long-term, in response to local groundwater use and precipitation trends. Understanding the magnitude of groundwater fluctuation and current conditions is important when identifying whether groundwater levels in your well may drop below the level of the pump. 

Groundwater is complicated because local geology is complicated. The depth of the well and where it is screened influences the groundwater levels observed in the well. Monitoring well data cannot for sure indicate whether you will have a problem with your well or not. Nevertheless, this data provides valuable information for gauging risk and baseline data to identify general trends and magnitude of changes observed in different parts of the county.

Explore groundwater levels in your neighborhood

Visit the Water Data Library to identify monitoring wells near you that can give you an indication of recent groundwater levels (depth to water) in your area. The mapping tool is fairly user friendly. Also, countywide groundwater conditions are summarized in the Annual Groundwater Status Report

Additional monitoring for the drought

Due to the current drought conditions, more frequent groundwater monitoring is occurring in Butte County on a monthly basis throughout the irrigation season. The Department will post summaries of current data for wells in Butte County as it becomes available from the Water Data Library.

Groundwater maps show water level changes and well density

In addition, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Northern Region in Red Bluff puts together a number of useful maps that show how spring groundwater levels have changed from year to year: 

DWR also created maps that indicate the density of wells per square mile with statistics on average, minimum, and maximum well depth. These provide an idea of how your well’s depth might compare to wells around you and how intense the groundwater use is in your area as indicated by well density. There are two maps, one for Domestic Wells and another for Large Production Wells

For assistance with interpreting the groundwater level information, contact Christina Buck, Water Resources Scientist at 530.538.6265.



 Location and Hours

Water & Resource Conservation
308 Nelson Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965

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

Excludes Holidays


Water Commission Meeting
CANCELLED-Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Board Chambers
25 County Center Dr.
Oroville, CA

Water Commission Meeting
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 1:30pm 
Board Chambers
25 County Center Dr.
Oroville, CA
 Contact Water

Water & Resource Conservation
Phone:    530.552.3595
Fax:          530.538.3807

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