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)

On September 16, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law a package of bills (SB1168, AB1739 and SB1319) collectively called the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act 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.  The implementation of the Act will occur over the next several years.

State Requirements

Timeline and Deadlines for the Act
SGMA Brochure
Groundwater Sustainability Plan Requirements
    Best Management Practices

Butte County Subbasins

Groundwater Sustainability Agency Forum

Groundwater Pumpers Advisory Committee (GPAC)

SGMA Stakeholder Assessment (2016)    

Assessment Report - Executive Summary
Assessment Report - Final

Projects and Planning

Water Inventory and Analysis Report
Interbasin Groundwater Flow Evaluation Project

Stay Informed

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 contact the Department at BCWater@buttecounty.net or by calling 530.538.4343.


DWR Groundwater Information Center
California SGMA Center

Navigating SGMA

Collaborating For Success: Stakeholder Engagement for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Implementation
Measuring What Matters: Setting Measurable Objectives to Achieve Sustainable Groundwater Management in California
Knowing Your Options: A Guide to Forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies
SGMA Handbook (Water Education Foundation)

July 28, 2016: 9:00-11:00am



 Upcoming Events

Groundwater Pumpers Advisory Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 8:30am
Chico State Farm
311 Nicholas C Shouten Lane, Room A009
Chico, CA

Groundwater Recharge Potential Workshop
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 4:00pm
Chico Masonic Center
1110 W. East Avenue
Chico, CA

Water Commission Meeting
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 1:30pm
Board Chambers
25 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA

Water Commission Meeting
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 1:30pm
Board Chambers
25 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA

Water Advisory/Technical Advisory Committee
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 2:00pm
202 Mira Loma, Tahoe Room
Oroville, CA


 Location and Hours

Water & Resource Conservation
308 Nelson Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

 Contact Water

Water & Resource Conservation
Phone:    530.552.3595
Fax:          530.538.3807

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