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
441 Main Street
Chico, CA 95928
Butte Feb. 27,
1:00 pm
Butte Advisory
GSP Timeline and
Background on Basin
Setting Components
City of Biggs
Council Chambers
3016 Sixth Street
Biggs, CA 95917
Butte Apr. 23,
1:00 pm

Butte Advisory Board Basin Setting Results for
Butte Subbasin
Online only
Vina May 19,
9:00 am
Vina SHAC Preliminary Results:
Water Budget Information and Current/
Historical Groundwater Conditions
Online only
All June 3,
1:30 pm
Water Commission

Overview of Results for All
Three Subbasins

Online only  
Vina June 9,
1:00 pm
Technical Webinar Preliminary HCM and
Water Budget Results

Online only  
June 10,
5:30 pm
Vina GSA Board Present Basin Setting Results

Vina June 16,
9:00 am
Vina SHAC Overview and Discussion of
Basin Setting Results
Online only  
Wyandotte Creek June 23,
6:00-8:00 pm
Public Meeting Present Basin Setting Results Online only
Join the Zoom meeting by clicking

Or by phone:  (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 925 1433 2925

Butte June 25,
1:00 pm
Butte Advisory Board Update on Basin Setting Project and
Review Process
Online only  
Wyandotte Creek August 27,
Wyandotte Creek
GSA Board

Location to be determined  

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



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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
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Excludes Holidays

 Upcoming Events

Water Commission Meeting
April meeting CANCELLED 

Water Commission Meeting
May meeting CANCELLED

Water Commission Meeting
Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 1:30pm 

Online only

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