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.

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)

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If you would like to receive notices about SGMA implementation including GSA formation, Groundwater Sustainability Plans, meetings, workshops, draft plans, maps and other activities please join our mailing list.

Current Efforts

Future adoption of Groundwater Sustainability Plans

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) passed in the fall of 2014, establishes a new structure for managing groundwater resources in California and requires adoption of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) by January 31, 2022.  There are three subbasins in Butte County, each preparing a single GSP.  Visit the individual subbasin website for details on plan development and upcoming meetings. 

Vina Subbasin

Groundwater Sustainability Plan for Adoption
The Vina GSA and Rock Creek Reclamation District GSA will be considering adoption of the Vina GSP at a Joint Meeting on December 15, 2021 at 6 pm
Visit https://www.vinagsa.org/ for meeting details and information on GSP development and adoption.

Wyandotte Creek Subbasin

Groundwater Sustainability Plan for Adoption
The Wyandotte Creek GSA will be considering adoption of the Wyandotte Creek GSP on December 16, 2021 at 2 pm
Visit https://www.wyandottecreekgsa.com/ for meeting details and information on GSP development and adoption.

Butte Subbasin

Groundwater Sustainability Plan-FINAL
GSP Appendices-FINAL


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Butte County GSA will hold a Public Hearing on December 14, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA to consider adoption of the final Butte Subbasin GSP.

As required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), the Butte County Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) in cooperation with the other ten GSAs in the subbasin have prepared a single Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for the Butte groundwater subbasin.  Pursuant to SGMA, the Board of Supervisors will consider public comments at the hearing both verbally and virtually prior to the conclusion of the hearing.  Comments may be submitted by email to: ClerkoftheBoard@buttecounty.net and must include reference to an item number on the agenda. Instructions on how to submit comments virtually can be found at https://buttecounty.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=603&meta_id=160584.

For more information, please contact Christina Buck, Department of Water and Resource Conservation, at (530) 552-3595 or bcwater@buttecounty.net. 

SGMA Background

On September 16, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law a package of bills (SB1168AB1739 and SB1319) collectively called the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) comprehensively reforms groundwater management in California.  The intent of the Act is to place management at the local level under state oversight.  Under the Act, the state will have direct oversight of how groundwater basins are managed at the local level and may intervene to manage basins when local agencies fail to take appropriate responsibility. 

For general SGMA background, check out the Water Education Foundation’s SGMA Handbook or visit the Groundwater Exchange.

Although a state law, SGMA is implemented locally within groundwater subbasins.  Butte County is located in portions of three subbasins: Vina, Butte, and Wyandotte Creek.

To find your local subbasin and Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) information visit the GSA Map Viewer.

Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Development

A Prop 1 GSP planning grant is funding the development of a GSP in each of the three subbasins.  Butte County is administering the grant on behalf of all GSAs in the subbasins.

Grant Agreement

Inter-basin Coordination in the Northern Sacramento Valley

For more information on how subbasins throughout the region are coordinating SGMA efforts, visit https://www.buttecounty.net/waterresourceconservation/Sustainable-Groundwater-Management-Act/Inter-basin-Coordination.

Recent Groundwater Studies Conducted by the County

Groundwater Recharge Opportunities Study, 2018
Water Inventory and Analysis Report, 2016
Interbasin Groundwater Flow Evaluation Project, 2017


DWR Groundwater Information Center 
California SGMA Portal 




 Upcoming Events

Water Commission Meeting
February 1, 2023-1:30 pm
BOS Chambers
25 County Center Drive, Oroville

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
March 20, 2023, 1:30 pm
Human Resources Training Room East
3 County Center Drive, Oroville

 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

 Contact Water

Water & Resource Conservation
Phone:    530.552.3595
Fax:          530.538.3807

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