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.
Stops included Oroville and Shasta dams, Red Bluff Fish Passage Improvement Project, Feather River Fish Hatchery, Clear Creek restoration site, Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District’s fish screen and Delevan Wildlife Refuge. Other highlights included a houseboat cruise on Shasta Reservoir. Participants learn about water supply management, farming, flood management, groundwater management and conjunctive use, and salmon restoration. The tour began and ended at Sacramento International Airport.
The Water Education Foundation’s tours are action-packed field trips that 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.