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.

Four Counties

The counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, and Tehama share common surface water and groundwater resources. Based on these common resources, local water resource managers understand that regular coordination, collaboration, and communication can result in an improved water resource understanding at both the county and regional level.

The purpose of this document is to establish the mutual understandings of the Four Counties with respect to their voluntary joint efforts toward regional coordination, collaboration, and communication.


Four County Contacts

Tehama County

Ernie Ohlin, Water Resources Manager
9380 San Benito Avenue, Gerber, CA 96035
Phone: 530.385.1462, ext 3014 Fax: 530.385.1189

Glenn County

Lester Messina, Water Resource Coordinator
Glenn County Department of Agriculture
PO Box 351, Willows, CA 95988
Phone: 530.934.6501 Fax: 530.934.6503

Colusa County

Steven Hackney, Director of Planning and Building
Colusa County 220 - 12th Street Colusa, CA 95932
Phone: 530.458.0480 Fax: 530.458.2035



 Contact Water

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 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