|Butte General Plan 2030 - Quick Facts|
1. According to the Great Valley Center, 'Butte County generates more solar energy per capita than any other county in the U.S.'?
Answer: This is TRUE (visit http://www.greatvalley.org for more info)
2. What is the water usage per year, both in county and out of Butte County of Lake Oroville water?
Answer: The numbers and percentages vary year to year, but on average about 3,000,000 acre-feet of water are delivered each year by the State Water Project from Lake Oroville. This water is roughly divided into thirds, with one third going out-of county for agriculture, one third going out of county for residential, commercial, and industrial (M&I), and one third going for water rights settlement agreements, which are mostly in-county agricultural uses.
Under the terms of a water supply contract
between Butte County and the CA Department of Water Resources (DWR),
Butte County has an allocation of 27,500 acre-feet per year.
This 27,500 acre foot allocation can only be used under certain
conditions. Currently, the water can only be used within the county
which is the County’s service area; the County is required to pay
for the full allocation whether or not it is available or a need can
be identified; and even though the water is stored behind Oroville
Dam which is located within Butte County, the County is still
subject to the same cut-back scenarios as all other SWP Contractors
throughout the state.
How many post cards has the Department of Development Services sent
out to citizens to invite them to community meetings as of May 21st,
5. What is the size (area) of Butte County and the incorporated cities?
Source: Butte County GIS (11-2006)