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For more information, call Senior Civil Engineer Matt Thompson at (530) 879-6959.

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Big Chico Creek and Little Chico Creek Watersheds

Storm Water Resource Plan

The City of Chico is pleased to announce the development of a grant-funded Storm Water Resources Plan (SWRP) for the Big Chico Creek and Little Chico Creek Watersheds.  The purpose of the SWRP is to protect storm water quality by reducing pollutants and trash and to improve the use of storm water as a resource by “bringing to the top” those multi-benefit projects that can best meet the identified priorities on a watershed basis. Qualifying projects will provide benefits to water quality, water supply, flood management, the environment, public education and jobs.

The SWRP must satisfy the requirements of Senate Bill 985 and follow the State Water Board SWRP guidelines in order to establish the City’s eligibility to receive future State grant funds for storm water projects.  The Outcome of the SWRP will be to provide the guidance and tools to support stakeholders in developing more competitive projects for state-wide grant funding opportunities to achieve watershed goals. The City plans to apply for Proposition 1 Implementation Grant Funds from the State Water Resources Control Board’s Storm Water Grant Program in 2018.

How the Public Can Get Involved -

  • The City hosted three public meetings regarding the development of the Storm Water Resource Plan for the Big Chico Creek and Little Chico Creek Watersheds.

Each project identified in the SWRP must be located within the boundaries of the Big Chico Creek and Little Chico Creek watersheds and include at least two Main Benefits and at least one Additional Benefit (per State Guidelines):

Benefit Category Main Benefit Additional Benefit
Projects Must Have At Least TWO Projects Must Have At Least ONE
Water Quality

while contributing to compliance with applicable permit and/or TMDL requirements
Increased filtration and/or treatment of runoff Nonpoint source pollution control

Re-established natural water drainage and treatment
Water Supply

through groundwater management and/or runoff capture and use
Water supply reliability

Conjunctive use
Water conservation
Flood Management Decreased flood risk by reducing runoff rate and/or volume Reduced sanitary sewer overflows
Environmental Environmental and habitat protection and improvement, including:
- wetland enhancement/creation;
- riparian enhancement; and/or
- instream flow improvement
Reduced energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, or provides a carbon sink

Reestablishment of the natural hydrograph
Community Employment opportunities created

Public education
Enhance and/or create recreational and public use areas