In 2017, the County of Butte entered into an Agreement with the Department of Water Resources (SWAPO #17021) to utilize Lake Oroville, a State Water Project facility, to deliver water from Pacific Oas & Electric (PG&E) to the California Water Service Company (CalWater) Oroville District. On November 14,, 2017. the
Butte County Board of Supervisors adopted a Negative Declaration for the project (Resolution No. 17-193). The Negative Declaration and the Agreement specifies that the delivery to Lake Oroville would occur at PG&E's Lime Saddle Powerhouse from the Miocene Canal. The Camp Fire Incident, November 8, 2018, destroyed the Miocene Canal which prevents water from being delivered to the Lime Saddle Powerhouse from the Miocene Canal. The proposed project consists of the Cal Water Oroville District redirecting approximately 3,000 acre-feet of its 33,000 acre-feet contract PG&E water from the Miocene Canal to Lake Oroville, into the Thermalito Power Canal, and to Cal Water's Filtration Plant (Water Treatment Plant WTP).
The redirected contract PO&B water will be moved from the Middle Miocene Canal just below the head dam on the West Branch of the Feather River to Lake Oroville. CalWater Oroville Branch provides water service to approximately 75 percent of the City of Oroville residents and irrigation customers along the Miocene Canal, the water redirect will benefit the residents of Oroville that rely on Cat Water for domestic