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

Basin Setting Project  

This project is developing portions of Groundwater Sustainability Plans in the Vina, Wyandotte Creek and Butte Subbasins.

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.
This Factsheet provides an overview of SGMA implementation in Butte County. 

Local SGMA Implementation

Vina Subbasin

Butte County is a member agency of the Vina GSA: Subbasin Factsheet.
Visit VinaGSA.org for information on implementation of SGMA in this subbasin.

Wyandotte Creek Subbasin

Butte County is a member agency of the Wyandotte Creek GSA: Subbasin Factsheet.
Visit WyandotteCreekGSA.com for information on implementation of SGMA in this subbasin.

Butte Subbasin

Butte County is one of eleven GSAs in the Butte Subbasin.  These GSAs have established a Cooperation Agreement to implement SGMA and adopt a single GSP in the subbasin.  The Agreement establishes the Butte Advisory Board comprised of members from each of the GSAs which meets publicly (consistent with the Brown Act) to discuss basin-wide information and issues.
Visit ButteBasinGroundwater.org for information on implementation of SGMA in this subbasin.

Butte County GSA areas within the Butte subbasin. 

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

A portion of the GSPs are under development in all three subbasins through the Basin Setting Project.
The GSP Completion Project will conduct the work to complete the GSPs in these subbasins and coordinate with neighboring subbasins. 


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
August 5, 2020
Online only

Water Commission Meeting
September 2, 2020
Online only

 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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