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

As dry conditions continue throughout California and Butte County, conservation of water for all purposes is increasingly important. While 2018 winter and spring storms have brought rain, as of spring, 2018 portions of Butte County are still experiencing abnormally dry conditions.  See the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Tracking the Drought

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

Private Well Owners

In recent years, a number of household wells, especially in the Durham area and foothills, have ‘gone dry’ meaning groundwater levels are falling below the depth of the pump or bottom of the well. Help Butte County document impacts of the drought by filling out and submitting this Well Reporting Form online. Although we cannot solve individual well problems, information we gather will assist in our drought assessment efforts and understanding groundwater basin conditions.

Butte County Drought Response

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.

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.

Drought Task Force Meetings

Agenda Supporting Documents
December 1, 2016 Hydrologic Conditions, Well Permit Activity
May 31, 2016 Hydrologic Conditions, Well Applications May Update, State Drought Actions
December 7, 2015 Executive Order B-36-15, Hydrologic Conditions Update, Well Applications October Update
June 17, 2015 Hydrologic Conditions, Well Applications May Update, Drought Impact
April 6, 2015 SWRCB Emergency Resolution and Regulations, Hydrologic Conditions Update
December 8, 2014 Hydrologic Conditions Update
August 4, 2014 None Available
May 19, 2014 Hydrologic Conditions Update
February 18, 2014 None Available
November 18, 2013 2013 Hydrologic Conditions
June 17, 2013 None Available
November 15, 2012 2012 Hydrologic Conditions
April 25, 2011 None Available
June 11, 2010 DTF Update June 11, 2010
March 5, 2010 DTF Update March 5, 2010

Drought Task Force Members

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

Drought Task Force Seat Member
Director, Department of Water & Resource Conservation-Chair Paul Gosselin 
Emergency Services Officer-Vice Chair Cindi Dunsmoor
Chair, Butte County Water Commission David Skinner
Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Shari McCracken
Director, Department of Public Works Dennis Schmidt
Director, Division of Environmental Health Elaine McSpadden
Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Louie Mendoza
Director, UC Cooperative Extension/County Farm Advisor Cass Mutters
California Department of Forestry/Butte County Fire Darren Read
District Conservationist, Natural Resource Conservation Service Dan Taverner
Director, Butte County Resource Conservation District TBD


Reporting Waste



 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


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