April 22, 2020, Fifty Years of Earth Day (and the first year of Covid-19)

The Peace of Wild Things

by Wendell Berry


When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the Wood Drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.



Female Wood Duck with brood, Sycamore Pool, Bidwell Park.


Great Blue Heron, feeding on fish, Chico Creek, One Mile, Bidwell Park.


Male and female Mallards, Chico Creek, Bidwell Park.


Black Phoebe, One Mile dam, Chico Creek.


All of the above birds, and more, live and breed on Chico Creek in Bidwell Park.  Long may they thrive.





Butte County “Water Policy Workshop” – please attend this important meeting.

If you have any concerns, ideas or comments about water, saving wildlife habitat, or rural and urban water use in Butte County, then please attend this important meeting. Some of the items to be discussed are: The Tuscan Aquifer, the proposed Paradise Irrigation District water pipeline, ground water use, surface water use and the proposed new “Tuscan Water District.”  See details below photos.

Paradise Irrigation District reservoir, before the Camp Fire.


Paradise Reservoir during the drought of 2015, compare with above photo, by KarenLaslo.


Sacramento River, Butte County.


Oroville Dam.


Mallard pair on Chico Creek.


Chico Creek, Five Mile, Bidwell Park

Water Policy Workshop
December 17, 2019
Start time 1:00 PM
Board of Supervisors Chambers
25 County Center Drive, Oroville

On December 17, 2019, the Butte County Board of Supervisors will hold a Water Policy Workshop. The workshop will include a presentation of adopted Butte County water resource policies as well as an overview of water supply challenges. Over the past two decades, Butte County has enacted numerous water resource policies and programs. Starting in 1996, through the voter approved Butte County Code,

Butte County Water Policy Workshop

Chapter 33, Groundwater Conservation, a significant policy foundation has been established. In 2010, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Butte County General Plan 2030, which includes an optional Water Resource Element that specifies the County’s water resource policies, programs and intended future actions. Since the adoption of the General Plan 2030, water resource issues in the County have been affected by periods of severe drought, ongoing climate change, implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and water supply impacts from disasters such as the Camp Fire. With these ongoing and emerging issues, it is timely for the Board and community to revisit Butte County Water Policies with an opportunity for Board discussion and/or action, public comment, and Board direction to staff. The Water Policy Workshop is timed for 1:00 p.m. on December 17, 2019, and may be continued to a future date if the Board determines additional time is needed for discussion, public comment, or Board direction.

The agenda for the workshop is listed below.
1) Introduction
2) Policy Foundation
3) County Activities
4) Local Water Supply Challenges
5) Public Comment
6) Policy Discussion and Direction to Staff
Workshop materials can be found at the Department of Water and Resource Conservation web page.
Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to work with you. We look forward to continuing our dedication to cooperation, collaboration and keeping control of our water in the hands of locals. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have.
Administrative Analyst
Butte County Department of Water & Resource Conservation