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. 

Eventbrite - Headwaters Tour

This 2-day, 1-night tour travels through the Sierra Nevada foothills, into the mountains and around the Lake Tahoe Basin to learn about upper watersheds and what role they play in water supply and quality. We will discuss meadow restoration, forest management and tree mortality, climate change, wildfire impacts and water quality. We will visit a meadow restoration site, Lake Tahoe, El Dorado National Forest, and the Yuba and American rivers.

Planned Stops Include:

  • Lake Tahoe
  • Meadow restoration sites
  • Burn sites
  • Yuba and American rivers
  • El Dorado National Forest

Topics Include:

  • Forest management
  • California’s tree mortality epidemic
  • Climate change and carbon sequestration
  • Water quality and urban runoff
  • Meadow restoration
  • Wildfire impacts
  • Mining impacts on water quality
  • Bioenergy production
  • Habitat restoration and endangered species
  • Tourism and recreation in the Sierra Nevada

Pricing Details:

Regular Price – $555 (one-person single occupancy room)

Early Bird Price – $525 if you register online by August 15. Click on the Eventbrite button above.

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

Tour Start and End Point:

The tour begins on September 13 at 7:30 a.m. and ends on September 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Rancho Cordova (10 miles northeast of downtown Sacramento) at  GEI Consultants - 2868 Prospect Park Dr #400, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.

Free & secured parking will be available for all tour attendees. Tour spends the night of September 13 in South Lake Tahoe. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Deadline to cancel and receive a full refund is two weeks prior to the first day of the tour due to hotel, meal and transportation bookings. Substitutions are 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.

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

Tour Sponsors


Association of California Water Agencies

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country. Its 430 public agency members collectively are responsible for 90% of the water delivered to cities, farms and businesses in California.


California Forest Watershed Alliance

Founded in 2014, the California Forest Watershed Alliance (CAFWA) is a bipartisan, urban-rural coalition representing water interests, local governments, the conservation community, agriculture, and the forestry sector, created to promote the restoration and improvement of California’s forested watersheds.


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.


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.

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