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.

This 3-day, 2-night tour featured experts who discuss 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.”

“Listening to the stories of the farmer was fascinating. Wide range of perspectives, learning about all of the amazing resources in the area, connecting with other professionals in the water industry.”

“The Bay Model was simply amazing, could have spent hours there. It was just an awesome three days all together.”

Stops Included:

  • Delta islands and levees
  • State fish screens
  • Delta Cross Channel
  • Los Vaqueros Reservoir
  • Federal pumping plant at Tracy
  • Stockton Deep Water Channel
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Suisun Marsh

Topics Included:

  • Delta restoration plans
  • Agriculture, water rights
  • State and federal water project operations in the Delta
  • Studies and debate on Delta conveyance
  • Levee integrity, subsidence and flood management
  • Water project operations and efforts to protect fish
  • Water quality, salt intrusion and drinking water treatment
  • Ecosystem restoration projects, wetlands and waterfowl
  • Land use and planning
  • Climate change and infrastructure challenges
  • Los Vaqueros expansion
  • Fish population and pumping restrictions

Tour Start and End Point:

This tour started and ended at the Sacramento International Airport.

Pricing Details:

Regular Price – $840 (one-person single occupancy room). 

Early Bird Price – $815 if you registered online by May 14. Click on the Eventbrite button above.

Fee included all tour meals, transportation, materials, snacks and hotel accommodations once the tour begins. Participants were responsible for their own transportation to and from the tour’s beginning and end point.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Deadline to cancel and receive a full refund was two weeks prior to the first day of the tour due to hotel, meal and transportation bookings. Substitutions were allowed up to three business days before the tour.

MCLE and Other Continuing Education Credits:

Continuing education credits may be available for an additional fee for attorneys and water plant, wastewater plant operators, and other vocations/professions.

Tour Sponsors


Bureau of Reclamation – Mid-Pacific Region
Major Sponsor

One of five Reclamation regions, the Mid-Pacific Region covers the northern two-thirds of California, most of western Nevada and part of southern Oregon. The Region places great importance on fulfilling its obligations for water delivery, water conservation, water recycling and reuse, power generation, and protecting natural and cultural resources.


California Department of Water Resources
Major Sponsor

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s water. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the state’s people, and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments.


Trailblazer Sponsor

As a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management, CH2M has the human and technical resources, the international footprint, and the depth of know-how and experience to help clients achieve success in any corner of the world.



MWH, now part of Stantec
Trailblazer Sponsor

The MWH community, now part of Stantec, unites approximately 22,000 employees working in over 400 locations across six continents. We collaborate across disciplines and industries to bring water and infrastructure projects to life. Our work as architects, engineers, and consultants from initial project concept and planning through design, construction, and commissioning begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. This work is built on a nearly 200-year history.


Adventurer Sponsor

We specialize in all aspects of project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, and regulatory compliance. For more than four decades we’ve guided integrated decision-making, developing innovative and workable solutions that inform development and restoration projects based on sound science, policy, and planning.


Traveler Sponsor

A trusted source of technical expertise to hundreds of clients nationwide who value high quality service and work products, and who seek a strong partner to achieve their desired project outcomes. Founded in 1970, we have completed more than 35,000 projects in all 50 states and 25 countries.


Traveler Sponsor

While we are most well-known for delivering architecture and engineering services—for adding beauty and structure to communities through high performance buildings and smart infrastructure—we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include the firepower of archeologists, economists, builders, analysts, artists and scientists.


Turlock Irrigation District
Traveler Sponsor

TID was the first publicly owned irrigation district in California, and is one of only four irrigation districts in California that provides irrigation water as well as electric retail energy directly to homes, farms and businesses.

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