Water Tours

Overview Jenn Bowles

Water Tours

The Water Education Foundation’s tours offer participants a firsthand look at the water facilities, rivers and regions critical in the debate about the future of water resources. Issues of water supply, water quality, environmental restoration, flood management, groundwater and water conservation are addressed by a wide range of speakers representing different viewpoints.

The tours are praised for being balanced, thorough and fun. Time for socializing and networking is included in the action-packed itineraries.

A limited number of scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact Programs Manager Nick Gray.

Headwaters Tour 2019
Field Trip - June 27-28

Sixty percent of California’s developed water supply originates high in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Our water supply is largely dependent on the health of our Sierra forests, which are suffering from ecosystem degradation, drought, wildfires and widespread tree mortality. 

Tour Nick Gray August Tour Examines Lurking Threat of Drought Along the California Coast Doug Beeman

Edge of Drought Tour
Field Trip - Aug. 27-29

Journey through a scenic landscape as we explore an area of California dealing with persistent threats to its water supply and quality, and learn what solutions are being implemented.

Although Santa Barbara County recently lifted its drought emergency declaration after this winter’s storms replenished local reservoirs, the region’s hydrologic recovery often has lagged behind much of the rest of the state. It is a region particularly prone to drought, wildfires and mudslides.

Tour Nick Gray Doug Beeman

Northern California Tour 2019
Field Trip - October 2-4

Explore the Sacramento River and its tributaries through a scenic landscape as we learn about the issues associated with a key source for the state’s water supply.

All together, the river and its tributaries supply 35 percent of California’s water and feed into two major projects: the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project. Tour participants will get an on-site update of Oroville Dam spillway repairs.

Tour Nick Gray Doug Beeman

Central Coast Tour 2019
Field Trip - November 6-7

This 2-day, 1-night tour offers participants the opportunity to learn about water issues affecting California’s scenic Central Coast and efforts to solve some of the challenges of a region struggling to be sustainable with limited local supplies. 

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