General Tours

Overview

General Tours

Headwaters Tour 2017
Field Trip - September 13 & 14

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. 

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GEI (Tour Starting Point)
2868 Prospect Park Dr.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.

Northern California Tour 2017
Field Trip - October 11 - 13

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 year, special attention will be paid to the flood event at Oroville Dam and the efforts to repair the dam spillway before the next rainy season. 

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San Joaquin River Restoration Tour 2017
Field Trip - November 1 & 2

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.

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Bay-Delta Tour 2017
Field Trip (past)

We went deep into California’s water hub and traversed 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 made it way to San Francisco Bay, and included 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.

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Lower Colorado River Tour 2017
Field Trip (past)

This tour explored 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.

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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.

Tour guests in front of Friant Dam

Central Valley Tour 2017
Field Trip (past)

We ventured through California’s Central Valley, known as the nation’s breadbasket thanks to an imported supply of surface water and local groundwater. Covering about 20,000 square miles through the heart of the state, the valley provides 25 percent of the nation’s food, including 40 percent of all fruits, nuts and vegetables consumed throughout the country.

San Joaquin River Restoration Tour 2016
Field Trip (past)

Salmon release at Camp Pashayan Participants of this tour snaked 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.

7115 N Howard St.
Fresno, CA 93720
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Northern California Tour 2016
Field Trip (past)

This 3-day, 2-night tour traveled the length of the Sacramento Valley, a major source of water for California.

Experts talked about the history of the Sacramento River as the tour wends through riparian woodland, crop fields and nut orchards. The 3-day, 2-night tour tracks important water issues for farming and environmental uses, visits potential storage sites, discusses innovative programs for flood management, groundwater management and salmon restoration.

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Groundwater Tour 2016
Field Trip (past)

This 2-day, 1-night tour traveled from the Sacramento region to rural Capay Valley to view sites that explore groundwater, a key resource in California.

The tour examined groundwater monitoring stations where participants learned how this precious resource is measured, tracked and evaluated. Visited local farms and wineries that mitigate groundwater needs through innovative irrigation techniques. Learned about groundwater contamination and ways to prevent it at a local dairy.

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Bay-Delta Tour 2016
Field Trip (past)

Delta waterway

This 3-day, 2-night tour featured experts who discussed the issues and controversies with this important resource, farmers who grow produce and environmentalists who are trying to bolster declining fish populations.

What attendees say about this tour:

What did you like best?

“Seeing the Delta with my own eyes. Getting a better handle on issues & complexity of the Delta. Thoughtful, informative speakers. The Bay Model!”

Diamond Valley Lake. Photo by MWD
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Southern California Tour 2015
Field Trip (past)

This 2-day, 1-night tour traveled through Inland Southern California to learn about the region’s efforts in groundwater management, recycled water and other drought-proofing measures.

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Groundwater Tour 2015
Field Trip (past)

This 2-day, 1-night tour traveled from the Sacramento region to Napa Valley to view sites that explore groundwater issues. Topics  included groundwater quality, overdraft and subsidence, agricultural use, wells, and regional management efforts.

Millerton Lake behind Friant Dam near Fresno
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Drought Tour 2015
Field Trip (past)

This 2-day, 1-night tour traveled through the San Joaquin Valley to explore the impacts of California’s unprecedented four-year drought on the nation’s breadbasket and what steps are being taken to avert disaster.

Bay-Delta Tour 2015
Field Trip (past)

This 3-day, 2-night tour, which we do every year, takes participants to the heart of California water policy – the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay.

Tour Images from the Central Valley Tour

Central Valley Tour 2015
Field Trip (past)

This 3-day, 2-night tour, which we do every spring, travels the length of the San Joaquin Valley, giving participants a clear understanding of the State Water Project and Central Valley Project.

San Joaquin River Restoration Tour 2014
Field Trip (past)

The 2014 Tour took place November 6-7.

This 2-day, 1-night tour explores challenges associated with restoring flows and a Chinook salmon fishery to the San Joaquin River from below Friant Dam to the confluence with the Merced River.

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