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.

Butte County Drought Information

For information on Butte County's 2022 Emergency Drought Response and Resources please visit here.

The Butte County Drought Information page has the following subpages with resources to assist residents of Butte County.

Water Conditions

(Precipitation and groundwater level data)

Well Owners

(Groundwater Levels in your area, dry well reporting forms, water hauling resources, how to request a well log, etc..)

Water Conservation

(Tips to save water around the house and yard)

July 26, 2022 Drought Update 

Butte County Drought Response

In 2004, the Butte County Board of Supervisors adopted the Drought Preparedness and Mitigation Plan through Resolution 04-200. As dry conditions continue throughout California and Butte County, conservation of water for all purposes is increasingly important. The State Water Project allocation is currently 5% and irrigation districts in the county have received a 50% cut-back to their water supplies. These districts include Biggs-West Gridley Water District, Richvale Irrigation District, Butte Water District, and Sutter Extension Water District. Additionally, the West Side Sacramento River settlement contractors are cut back to 18%.

Drought Task Force

A major element of the Drought Preparedness and Mitigation Plan was the creation of the Drought Task Force (DTF), which is comprised of various Butte County Department Directors and others in the County. The DTF monitors hydrologic conditions in Butte County throughout the water year and reports the findings to the Water Commission and Board of Supervisors annually in non-drought situations and biannually, quarterly, or monthly as the drought progresses. Through the DTF, the Board of Supervisors receives recommendations and actions that the county should take.

Drought Task Force Members

The Drought Task force is comprised of various Department Directors and others in the County.

Member Agency/organization Title
*Kamie Loeser Butte County Department of Water & Resource Conservation Director
**Josh Jimerfield Butte County Office of Emergency Management Deputy Administrative Officer
Ernie Washington Butte County Water Commission Chair
Casey Hatcher Butte County Administration Deputy Administrative Officer
Joshua Pack Butte County Department of Public Works Director
Elaine McSpadden Butte County Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Environmental Health Director
Louie Mendoza Butte County Department of Agriculture Commissioner
Luis Espino UC Cooperative Extension/County Farm Advisor Director
Garrett Sjolund California Department of Forestry/Butte County Fire Battalion Chief
Dan Taverner Natural Resource Conservation Service District Conservationist
Thad Walker Butte County Resource Conservation District District Manager
*Chair
**Vice-Chair

Meetings

Agenda Location Presentations
October 20, 2022
1:00 - 3:00 pm
To be announced  
September 15, 2022
CANCELLED
 CANCELLED  
August 18, 2022
1:00 - 3:00 pm
In Person: BOS Chambers, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville
Online via Zoom:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83826241733?pwd=cnhqdEdXRmdDeHBGbTQ3T3owRDlTQT09
Meeting ID: 838 2624 1733
Passcode: DTF
Phone: (669) 900-6833
DWR Dry Well Reports
Recording
July 21, 2022
CANCELLED
CANCELLED  
June 30, 2022
1:00 - 3:00 pm
ONLINE ONLY
Online via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81631812771?pwd=NkV3NWRkT0JqWFZnbjNiYlVKeFJrUT09
Meeting ID: 816 3181 2771
Passcode: DTF
Phone: (669) 900-6833
Drought Impacts Study Recommendations
Recording
June 7, 2022
1:00 - 3:00 pm
In Person: BOS Chambers, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville
Online via Zoom:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83826241733?pwd=cnhqdEdXRmdDeHBGbTQ3T3owRDlTQT09
Meeting ID: 838 2624 1733
Passcode: DTF
Phone: (669) 900-6833
Drought Impacts Analysis Study
Recording
May 18, 2022
2:00 - 4:00 pm
In Person: BOS Chambers, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville
Online via Zoom:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85020652655?pwd=dkMwczJ3TXUyRlAvTnNSdjczTWhDQT09
Meeting ID: 850 2065 2655
Passcode: 362047
Phone: (408) 638-0968
Recording
December 6, 2021
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Online via Zoom:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88650524801?pwd=cDBlYWxOQmpza0JNcC9XeTROYnRIZz09
Meeting ID: 886 5052 4801
Passcode
: 391286
Phone: (408) 638-0968
Winter Outlook 2021-2022
Hydrologic Conditions Update
Environmental Health Update
September 7, 2021
2:00 - 3:30 pm
In Person and Online via Zoom
In Person: 25 County Center Drive, Oroville, Board of Supervisors Chambers
Zoom meeting:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88650524801?pwd=cDBlYWxOQmpza0JNcC9XeTROYnRIZz09
Meeting ID: 849 4531 3998
Passcode: 815196
Phone: (408) 638-0968


July 13, 2021
11:00-1:00 pm

In Person Only
3 County Center Drive, Oroville
Human Resources Training Room
Environmental Health Update
Hydrologic Conditions Update
May 18, 2021
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Online Only
Online Only
Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/98638264224?pwd=a2Zha25JODl5ZHkxU1cydG9jWFlQUT09
Meeting ID: 986 3826 4224
Passcode: 130485
Phone: (669) 900-6833
Hydrologic Conditions Update
Drought Planning and Response


    

    

 Contact Water

Water & Resource Conservation
Phone:    530.552.3595
Fax:          530.538.3807
BCWater@ButteCounty.net

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 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

 Calendar
  Newsletter

Water Commission Meeting
September 7, 2022-1:30 pm

BOS Chambers
25 County Center Drive, Oroville

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
November, 2022
ONLINE ONLY