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.

Basin Setting Project

The Basin Setting project began late in 2018 to develop portions of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) in each of the three subbasins in Butte County: Vina, Butte, and Wyandotte Creek subbasins.  Our department has contracted with Davids Engineering to conduct the work on behalf of all Groundwater Sustainability Agencies in these subbasins.  The project is funded by the Prop 1 GSP planning grant. 

This PowerPoint provides an overview of the project scope.

Basin Setting Project Overview

The “Basin Setting” portion of the GSP describes characteristics of the subbasin that both change and do not change over time.  Characteristics like the geology, structure and physical characteristics of the aquifer systems, and how water moves in and through the system (such as recharge and pumping areas) generally do not change over time.  This understanding of the basin’s physical characteristics is called the Hydrogeologic Conceptual Model.  This becomes the basis for our understanding groundwater behavior and cause and effect relationships in the groundwater system.  Additional sub-sections of the Basin Setting describe characteristics of the subbasin that do change over time and will likely change in the future, such as changes in climate (affecting water supplies), land use, water demands, etc.  This includes a description of Groundwater Conditions (groundwater levels, water quality conditions, and subsidence if present) and the Water Budget.  The Water Budget is our accounting (quantitative) of the inflows and outflows of water through the surface water and groundwater systems.  Information in the Basin Setting portion of the GSP as well as the description of the Monitoring Network will support and frame future and complex discussions that will occur to define Undesirable Results and thresholds for the successful management of the subbasins through Projects and Actions.

Results coming to a meeting near you...

The Consultant Team for the Basin Setting Project and Department Staff will present and make results available at a variety of public meetings and forums.  The table shows a tentative schedule of when, where, and what content will roll out over the next several months.  This will be updated with links to content as it becomes available.  Contact Christina Buck with questions.

Subbasin  Date/Time Meeting Content Location Address
Vina Feb. 18,
9:00 am
Vina SHAC Background on Basin
Setting Components
Old Muni Building,
Upper Conference
Room
441 Main Street
Chico, CA 95928
Butte Feb. 27,
1:00 pm
Butte Advisory
Board
GSP Timeline and
Background on Basin
Setting Components
City of Biggs
Council Chambers
3016 Sixth Street
Biggs, CA 95917
Vina CANCELLED
Mar. 17
Vina SHAC Preliminary Results:
Water Budget Information
and Current/Historical
Groundwater Conditions
Old Muni Building
Upper Conference
Room
441 Main Street
Chico, CA 95928

All CANCELLED
Apr. 1
Water Commission Overview of Results for All
Three Subbasins
Butte County
Board Chambers
25 County Center Dr.
Oroville, CA 95965
Wyandotte
Creek
Postponed until
further notice
Wyandotte Creek
Public Workshop
Basin Setting Results for
Wyandotte Creek - All
Butte County
Human Resources 
Training Room
3 County Center Dr.
Oroville, CA 95965
Vina CANCELLED
Apr. 21
Vina SHAC Monitoring Network and
Assessment of
Monitoring Network
Old Muni Building
Upper Conference
Room
441 Main Street
Chico, CA 95928
Vina/Butte Postponed until
further notice
TAC Special Meeting
AEM Public Workshop
("Helicopter Project")
Presentation of AEM
results in Butte and Glenn
Counties and application
to HCM in Vina and
Butte subbasins
Chico Masonic Center 1110 W East Ave.
Chico, CA 95926
Butte Apr. 23,
1:00 pm


Butte Advisory Board Basin Setting Results for
Butte Subbasin
Location to be determined
 Vina May 19,
9:00 am
Vina SHAC HCM and draft chapters Location to be determined
Wyandotte
Creek
May 28,
1:00 pm
Wyandotte Creek
GSA Board
Present Basin Setting Results Location to be determined
Vina June 10,
5:30 pm
Vina GSA Board Present Basin Setting Results Location to be determined
Butte June 25,
1:00 pm
Butte Advisory Board Management Areas Discussion/
Draft Chapters
Location to be determined

Acronyms
GSP-Groundwater Sustainability Plan
SHAC- Stakeholder Advisory Committee
TAC- Butte County Technical Advisory Committee
AEM- Airborne Electromagnetic Method
HCM- Hydrogeologic Conceptual Model

    

    

 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
 Upcoming Events

Water Commission Meeting
Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 1:30pm 
Board Chambers
25 County Center Dr.
Oroville, CA

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