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Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)

Could this be CA's future?  Planning to sustainably manage groundwater in CA protects wild areas all over the state.

In 2014 the State of California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The goal of SGMA is sustainable management of groundwater supplies by local authorities. Under SGMA Counties, Cities, water districts, and others with land or water authority must form local groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) that must evaluate the conditions of their local water basins and create locally-based groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs).
In Butte County, GSA eligible entities have begun meeting in an effort to determine the boundary lines that will determine representation within our County as the GSP is created.
BEC, along with other local groups and concerned citizens is requesting a voice for underrepresented agricultural and domestic groundwater users in Butte County, and for local non-profit organizations dedicated to environmental advocacy. On September 7th the Water Commission was presented with a letter signed by 18 groups and individuals concerned with representation in the SGMA process. Download a copy of the letter here.
In response to the letter, and a similar request from the Butte County Farm Bureau a meeting was called to develop a proposal for representation of the environmental community and groundwater users in unincorporated areas of the County. The Butte County Board of Supervisors is expected to consider a proposal to form an Advisory Committee at the meeting on October 11, 2016.



 Chico climate rally Nov 2015 - Photo by Goffrey Wood  Oil Trains Press Conference July 2016

Chico350 BEC’s newest Fiscal Sponsorship, leading the way in Climate Change awareness, education and action. Find out more at




Stonegate Development


Nicolai Larsen's rendition of one of the vernal pools seen right from East 20th  Vernal Pool ecosystems support countless wildlife living in and migrating through Butte County


The proposed Stonegate development, threatens more than 300 acres of vernal pool wetland habitat vitally important to a wide variety of native species including the Endangered Butte County Meadowfoam and jeopardizing the chance for planned species recovery outlined in the Butte Regional Conservation Plan (BRCP) through remarkable collaborations between US Fish and Wildlife Services, CA Fish and Wildlife Service, Lassen Chapter of the CA Native Plant Society, and others. This site needs to be used for permanent conservation, not for further development and degradation of our watershed and natural habitats. To learn more about vernal pools in Butte County and how they benefit local habitat, click here.


Skyway and Bruce Rd. - Project site map from Stonegate Notice of Preparation - click for more info Skyway and Bruce Rd. - Proposed Chico Butte County Meadowfoam Preserve from Butte Regional Conservation Plan Final Public Draft - click for more info




Oil By Rail


A unit train caring TONS of crude oil along over burdened, crumbling rail infrastructure  Department of Transportation Placard 1267 - Petroleum crude oil


Oil trains rocking through Butte County carry hazardous materials through our cities, towns, and countryside bringing along with them a risk to our water supplies and railway adjacent populations. Trains passing through the high hazard rail route in the Feather River Canyon carrying volatile crude oil risk contamination of Lake Oroville, a supplemental water supply for 25 million Californians.




Butte Creek Canyon Conservation Overlay



As part of the County’s General Plan Conservation and Open Space Element Action Item COS-A6.2, the County has been working with Butte Creek Canyon residents and local groups in an effort to preserve the numerous historical and ecological features of Butte Creek Canyon and to allow for continued responsible recreation and residential uses. Click to view the map or draft ordiance.


A public workshop was held on June 30th by the Butte County Planning Commission, and a second workshop was scheduled during the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2016.


Please join BEC in supporting the efforts to put long-term protections in place for Butte Creek Canyon. For more information please visit the Butte County Development Services website:





Oroville Dioxin Education Committee (ODEC)


Community Outreach and Education - click for more info


Oroville Dioxin Education Committee (ODEC) is rebooting after a transition in leadership and continuing efforts to test for toxic soil contamination and educate citizens about Dioxins in populated areas of Oroville and surrounding communities.




Last updated 8/23/2016