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.
This tour travels deep into California’s water hub and traverses the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that supports the state’s water system and is California’s most crucial water and ecological resource. The tour will make its way to San Francisco Bay and includes a ferry ride.
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.
Save the date for our Edge of Drought Tour, Aug. 27-29, which will traverse parts of Southern California and venture into the Santa Barbara region, hit hard by the 2012-16 drought, wildfires and mudslides.
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.
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.
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.
Need a special one or two-day tour for your group? Then call the Foundation staff! We can design and conduct a customized tour for your group. Past special tours have been organized for Costco officials, the Almond Board of California, the USC Knight Ridder School of Journalism and international visiting water experts. Contact Programs Manager Nick Gray, 916-444-6240 or via email, for more details.