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.

Drought Information

Water years 2012 and 2013 were dry statewide.  With 2014 off to a record dry start, Governor Brown declared a Drought State of Emergency on January 17, 2014.  Droughts are a natural disaster and surviving any natural disaster requires planning and preparation. Below are a number of resources and links to help you prepare and respond.

Current Hydrologic Conditions and Precipitation Data

Tracking the Drought

Water Conservation Tips

Private Well Owners- Be Prepared!

Local Groundwater Conditions

Butte County Drought Preparedness Plan

Butte County Drought Task Force

 Drought Forms

Report a Problem with Your Well

Well Completion Report Request Form


Current Hydrologic Conditions and Precipitation Data 

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

Current Reservoir Conditions (CDEC)

DWR Bulletin 120

CA Northern Sierra 8-Station Precipitation

NOAA Standardized Precipitation Index

Intellicast Weather

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Tracking the Drought 

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

California State Drought Information

Department of Water Resources Drought Information

Association of California Water Agencies

US Drought Portal

University of California Drought Management

US Department of Agriculture Drought Help

California Department of Food and Agriculture- Drought Resources

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Water Conservation Tips

In dry times it is especially important to use water wisely and take measures to use less.  Save Our Water has lots of resources and information to help you save water in and around your house and business.  Post or distribute these Easy Ways to Save Water flyers at your place of work or organizations you’re a part of.  Help get the word out!   

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Private Well Owners- Be Prepared!  

Households that rely on well water can face problems during a drought. Being prepared can reduce the chance of well problems and shorten the time it takes to restore water. As a rule, you should be mindful of your well’s health and functionality on an ongoing basis, but most especially during a drought period. Wellowner.org has an abundance of basic information on wells and regular maintenance.

Having trouble with your well?  We need to know! Help us document impacts of the drought by filling out and submitting this online form.  You can also print the form, fill it out manually and mail it to us at 308 Nelson Avenue Oroville, CA 95965 or by email to bcwater@buttecounty.net.


What’s a well log and why should I have mine?  It is important to know the total depth and general construction of your well in order to anticipate how your well may respond in drought conditions. If you know the total depth of your well, where it is screened, and how deep your pump sits in the borehole then you can compare that information to local groundwater conditions to gauge your risk for running into well troubles.  Having your well log on hand is a must, especially during dry times.  Information regarding the depth of the pump in your well may be recorded on installation receipts, or may be available from the pump company which performed the installation.

Copies of Well Completion Reports, also known as Well Logs or Well Driller Reports, are available from the Butte County Department of Environmental Health.    Fill out and return this form to their office. Call 538-7281 with any questions.

Alternatively, you can request your well log from the Department of Water Resources Northern Region Office in Red Bluff using this form.

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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.   


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.  Or call Christina Buck, 538-6265, with questions.  Also, countywide groundwater conditions are summarized in the Annual Groundwater Status Report.

Again, for assistance with interpreting the groundwater level information, do not hesitate to contact Christina Buck, Water Resources Scientist at 538-6265.

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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. The Drought Plan includes:

   Butte County’s drought background (Section 1);

   An institutional framework to approach drought (Section 2);

   A monitoring plan (Section 3);

   A response and mitigation plan (Section 4);

   A discussion of water transfers during a drought (Section 5); and

   A set of policy recommendations (Section 6)

   And report references (Section 7)


Access the complete report here.

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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. 

The Next Meeting of the Drought Task Force is May 19th, 2014, 12:30-1:30 PM at Tahoe Room, 202 Mira Loma, Oroville, CA.

Meeting Agendas and accompanying material are available from the table below. 


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



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 Contact Water

Water & Resource Conservation
Phone:    530.552.3595
Fax:          530.538.3807

View full list of staff

 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 Special Meeting
Monday, June 25, 2018, 8:30am
Chico State Farm
311 Nicholas C. Shouten Ln., Room A009
Chico, CA

Water Commission Meeting-CANCELLED
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Groundwater Pumpers Advisory Committee
Monday, July 16, 2018, 8:30am
Chico State Farm
311 Nicholas C. Shouten Ln., Room A009
Chico, CA

Water Commission Meeting
Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 1:30pm
Board Chambers
25 County Center Dr.
Oroville, CA



Water Tips

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