Colusa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District

Welcome to the official page dedicated to addressing the water and drainage challenges faced by Colusa County.  Recognizing the unique issues specific to the county, the California Legislature has taken decisive steps to promote water conservation, develop water resources, and control drainage, storm, flood, and other water-related problems.   Flood control districts are established to mitigate the impact of floods, protect communities, and manage water resources in a specific geographical area.  These districts may undertake projects such as building levees, dams, and other infrastructure to control water flow and prevent flooding.

This page provides insight into the activity of the Colusa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and its goals of ensuring the sustainable use of water for the public good, and safeguarding life and property within Colusa County.

The Colusa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District is governed by the Colusa County Board of Supervisors.

Current Project(s)

  • Zone of Benefit No. 3 for Sites Project (Resolution of Intention to Form adopted 01/30/24)
    • Consideration to establish a Zone of Benefit No. 3 for Sites Project participation is currently underway.  This would individual landowners whose home water districts are no longer going to participate in the Sites Project to remain active participants, paying a proportional share of the costs of administering the Zone, plus the costs of the water.
    • Updates on this critical endeavor to ensure sustainable water management in Colusa County will be posted to this website.

District History/Establishment

Decades ago, the California Legislature identified the need for countywide water conservation, development of water resources, and control of drainage issues, and established the Colusa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.  These challenges arose from agricultural and residential development across widespread areas of Colusa County.  The existing public entities within the county were deemed insufficient to economically resolve these problems.  To address this, a political entity coextensive with the entire county's geographical limits was deemed necessary.  The diverse geography of the county, including numerous drainage areas and noncontiguous watersheds, further emphasizes the need for a tailored approach.

The Colusa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District was created in 1983 to address and manage issues related to flooding and water conservation within Colusa County.  Flood control districts are established to mitigate the impact of floods, protect communities, and manage water resources in a specific geographical area.  These districts may undertake projects such as building levees, dams, and other infrastructure to control water flow and prevent flooding.

Special Law Declaration:

Given the peculiar conditions in Colusa County, the Legislature declared that a general law is not applicable.  Therefore, the enactment of this special law is deemed necessary for the conservation, development, control, and use of water for the public good and the protection of life and property within the county.

Agenda/Minutes

 Credits

Enacted under Stats.1983, c. 926, § 1.

Located in the Appendix of the Water Code (West's Ann. Cal. Water Code App. § 123-20, CA WATER App. § 123-20).

Current with Ch. 1 of 2023-24 1st Ex.Sess, and urgency legislation through Ch. 785 of 2023 Reg.Sess.

Contact:

Colusa County Board of Supervisors

547 Market Street, Room 102

Colusa, CA 95932

(530) 458-0508