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

Draft Plans for Public Review

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 Public Review Draft
Comment period ends October 19, 2021.  Visit the link above for details on how to submit comments.
Upcoming Public Workshop on the draft plan: October 4, 2021
Visit https://www.vinagsa.org/ for details on plan development and upcoming meetings.
Comment Period Hand Out

Wyandotte Creek Subbasin

Groundwater Sustainability Plan Public Review Draft

Comment period ends October 24, 2021.  Visit the link above for details on how to submit comments.
Upcoming Public Workshop on the draft plan: October 20, 2021
Visit https://www.wyandottecreekgsa.com/ for details on plan development and upcoming meetings.
Comment Period Hand Out (Coming soon)

Butte Subbasin

Groundwater Sustainability Plan Public Review Draft
Comment period ends October 31, 2021.
  Visit the link above for details on how to submit comments.
Upcoming Public Workshop on the draft plan: September 20, 2021
Visit https://www.buttebasingroundwater.org/ for details on plan development and upcoming meetings.
Comment Period Hand Out

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

Links

DWR Groundwater Information Center 
California SGMA Portal 

 

    

    

 Upcoming Events

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

July 28, 2021, 9:00am
In person only
3 County Center Drive, Oroville
Human Resources Training Room

Water Commission Meeting
August 4, 2021

Water Commission Meeting
September 1, 2021

 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
BCWater@ButteCounty.net

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