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.

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)

On September 16, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law a package of bills (SB1168, AB1739 and SB1319) collectively called the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act comprehensively reforms groundwater management in California.  The intent of the Act is to place management at the local level under state oversight.  Under the Act, the state will have direct oversight of how groundwater basins are managed at the local level and may intervene to manage basins when local agencies fail to take appropriate responsibility.  The implementation of the Act will occur over the next several years.

Local SGMA Implementation

Butte County Groundwater Management Factsheet
Vina Subbasin
Butte Subbasin
Wyandotte Creek Subbasin
Groundwater Pumper Advisory Committee (GPAC)
Basin Boundary Modifications

To find your local subbasin and Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) information visit the GSA Map Viewer.

Countywide Projects

Basin Setting Project
Groundwater Recharge Opportunities
Water Inventory and Analysis Report
Interbasin Groundwater Flow Evaluation Project
SGMA Stakeholder Assessment (2016)
Groundwater Sustainability Agency Forum (2016-2017)

Navigating SGMA

Collaborating For Success: Stakeholder Engagement for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Implementation
Measuring What Matters: Setting Measurable Objectives to Achieve Sustainable Groundwater Management in California
Knowing Your Options: A Guide to Forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies
SGMA Handbook (Water Education Foundation)


DWR Groundwater Information Center
California SGMA Portal

Stay Informed

If you would like to receive notices about SGMA implementation including GSA formation, Groundwater Sustainability Plans, meetings, workshops, draft plans, maps and other activities please join our email list.



 Upcoming Events

Water Commission Meeting
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 1:30pm 
Board Chambers
25 County Center Dr.
Oroville, CA

Water Commission Meeting
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 1:30pm 
Board Chambers
25 County Center Dr.
Oroville, CA
 Location and Hours

Water & Resource Conservation
308 Nelson Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965

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

Excludes Holidays

 Contact Water

Water & Resource Conservation
Phone:    530.552.3595
Fax:          530.538.3807

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