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 Resource Inventory & Analysis Update Project

The Department of Water and Resource Conservation with the assistance of Davids Engineering is updating the Butte County Water Inventory and Analysis Report also known as a “water budget”.  Determining current and future water demands is fundamental to managing water resources and to protecting area of origin water rights.  The updated Water Inventory and Analysis Report will be finalized by Spring 2015.
The updated Water Inventory and Analysis Report will:

  1. Identify how water demands have changed over the past decade; in which areas and the likely drivers.
  2. Develop water budgets for each sub-region to inform the local conversation regarding resource use and sustainability.
  3. Evaluate what the future may hold and how best to prepare by developing forecasts for future urban and agricultural water demands.  Develop climate change hydrology scenarios for future groundwater model runs and associated analysis.
  4. Increase familiarity with the Butte Basin Groundwater Model to maintain it as a useful and productive tool.

Factsheet: Project Description

Project Documentation:

Presentation to Water Commission November 2013: Proposed Methodologies
Staff Report to Water Commission: Methodology Recommendations
Davids Engineering Technical Memo: Recommended Methodologies for Update

Previous Water Supply and Demand Analysis:

Water Inventory and Analysis (2001)
Agricultural Water Demand Forecast (2004)
Urban Water Demand Forecast (2004)
Butte County Groundwater Inventory (DWR 2005)
Butte Basin Groundwater Model (2008) 



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Water & Resource Conservation
Phone:    530.538.4343
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


Water Commission Meeting
Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 1:30pm
Board Chambers
25 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA

Water Commission Meeting
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 1:30pm
Board Chambers
25 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA

Water Advisory/Technical Advisory Committee
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 2:00pm
Feather River Tribal Health
2145 5th Ave., Oroville, CA