Rock Creek Flood Study, Butte County, California
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Butte County Rock Creek Flood Study


The Rock Creek Flood Study Project is a feasibility study to identify flood risk reduction solutions in the Rock Creek-Keefer Slough watershed. The project will involve significant community input, with a series of at least four meetings to 1) Introduce the project, process, and timeline; 2) Seek input on solutions and criteria that will help prioritize project alternatives; 3) Refine project alternatives; and 4) Present a comparative analysis of costs and benefits of each project alternative. This feasibility study is the first step toward design and implementation of flood risk reduction projects in the watershed.

The process will begin with project scoping, continue with a robust alternatives analysis, and then clearly identify a preferred alternative. The study will incorporate quality engineering, economics, real estate, and environmental analyses, with the goal of ensuring that the feasibility study results in actionable decisions within a reasonable time frame and cost. The goal of the feasibility study is to identify a preferred alternative, which can include structural projects such as levees, and nonstructural projects such as waterproofing and raising structures.

The project study area is the Rock Creek-Keefer Slough Watershed north of the City of Chico. The watershed includes several residential neighborhoods, the community of Nord, agricultural land, and other community uses in unincorporated Butte County. The watershed is generally east and west of Highway 99 from the headwaters of Rock Creek to the Sacramento River to the southwest. Principal roadways within the study area include Keefer Road, Garner Lane, Highway 99, Wilson Landing Road, Nord Highway, and Hamilton Nord Cana Highway.


     Rock Creek Flood Study Area 

 Rock Creek Flood Study with CSAs/PRDs and Parcels


Please see a more detailed project description here.

Please click here for public documentation and downloadable material regarding this project.


For additional information, please contact Project Manager Jessica
Hankins at: or  (530) 277-1783



Project Status

Since the last community meeting on April 26, 2022, the project team has been in the process of analyzing the public survey data and draft alternatives that were previously presented to refine the project scenarios that will be evaluated in more detail in the feasibility study. The County will hold the fourth community meeting on June 30, 2022 to present the preferred alternatives. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Jessica Hankins at


Meeting Information

The County is holding a series of community and stakeholder meetings in order to select a preferred project that will reduce flood risk in the Rock Creek watershed.  Attendance at multiple meetings is encouraged to provide continuity of project progress and information.  Residents and interested parties are invited to attend any or all meetings. 

Meeting 1: Introduction and Project Overview

Virtual – October 28, 2021

In Person – November 18, 2021


Meeting 2: Project Constraints, Options, and Selection Criteria
     In Person and Virtual (Webinar) – December 9, 2021


Meeting 3: Draft Project Alternatives

In Person and Virtual (Webinar) – April 26, 2022


Meeting 4: Presentation of Preferred Projects 

In Person and Virtual (Webinar) – June 30, 2022



Meeting 4: Presentation of Preferred Projects


This meeting is anticipated in June 2022.  Please check back for more information or email if you have any questions or to be added to the email list for meeting notifications
All interested parties are invited to participate in the fourth community meeting on the Rock Creek Flood Study. At this meeting the County will present the preferred projects that will be recommended and further evaluated in the feasibility study. Meeting details are as follows: 

6 pm – 8 pm
Thursday, June 30, 2022
Nord Country School
5554 California Street
Chico, CA 95973

If you are unable to attend in person, you can listen in to the meeting via this Zoom webinar link:
Telephone: (669) 900-6833
Webinar ID: 829 3393 0788
Passcode: rockcreek

The meeting flyer is available here




Meeting 1 - November 18, 2021 (In-Person)

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Click here for video recording of meeting  


Meeting 1 - October 28, 2021 (Virtual)

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Meeting 2 - December 9, 2021 (In-Person and Virtual)

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Meeting 3 – April 26, 2022 (In-Person and Virtual)

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Public Participation


For questions, input and public comments, please send an email to:


Or download the comment card, complete the questionnaire and return to Public Works:  

Rock Creek Flood Study Comment Card - Questionnaire


If you would like to upload photos or documentation, or your comment card, please submit items here:



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