Explore the Lower Colorado River where virtually every drop of the river is allocated, yet demand is growing from a myriad of sources — increasing population, declining habitat, drought and climate change.
The 1,450-mile river is a lifeline to 40 million people in the Southwest across seven states and Mexico. How the Lower Basin states – Arizona, California and Nevada – use and manage this water to meet agricultural, urban, environmental and industrial needs is the focus of this tour.
The 2017 lecturer is distinguished water attorney Robert B. Maddow, who will speak on “Anne’s New Paradigm for Sound Water and Natural Resources Policy–Creative Thinking Needed.” A discussion following the lecture will be facilitated by State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus.
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. Join us as we head into the foothills and the mountains to examine water issues that happen upstream but have dramatic impacts downstream and throughout the state.
The Santa Ana River Watershed Conference will examine pressing issues key to the watershed that spans Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
The daylong event will be held on May 25 at the Ontario Convention Center in the city of Ontario.
Join us to discuss the importance of the Santa Ana River Watershed and how, through powerful partnerships, the region can find resilient solutions to improve the quality and reliability of the local water supply.
Ontario Convention Center
2000 E Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764
Go deep into California’s water hub and traverse the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that support the state’s water system and is California’s most crucial water and ecological resource. The tour makes it way to San Francisco Bay, and includes a ferry ride.
Water from Northern California flows through the Delta and heads south to provide drinking water for more than 25 million Californians and irrigation to 3 million acres of farmland that contribute to the state’s $46 billion agricultural industry.
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.
This 3-day, 2-night tour travels across the Sacramento Valley and follows the river north from Sacramento through Chico to Redding and Lake Shasta, where participants take a houseboat ride.
Participants of this tour snake along the San Joaquin River to learn firsthand about one of the nation’s largest and most expensive river restoration plans.
The San Joaquin River was the focus of one of the most contentious legal battles in California water history, ending in a 2006 settlement between the federal government, Friant Water Users Authority and a coalition of environmental groups.