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. 

Eventbrite - Northern California Tour

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.

Experts talk about the history of the Sacramento River as the tour wends through riparian woodland, crop fields and nut orchards. The 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.

What attendees say about the tour:

What did you like best?

“Diversity of speakers, seeing Sites Reservoir site firsthand, good food. Organization was great!”

“Seeing Chinook salmon at the Feather River, fish ladder and Sites Reservoir.”

“The broad range of water issues and market sectors covered by the tour. Also appreciate the extensive experience & local knowledge of the resource speakers & site-specific speakers.”

Planned Stops Include:

  • Oroville Dam Visitors Center
  • Environmental restoration sites
  • Flood control projects
  • Feather River Fish Hatchery
  • Rice fields and other agricultural operations
  • Red Bluff Fish Passage Improvement Project
  • Shasta Dam
  • Clear Creek Restoration Project
  • The site of the proposed Sites Reservoir

Topics Include:

  • Oroville Dam damage and repair efforts
  • The significance of the Sacramento River to California’s water supply
  • Flood management and levee safety
  • State Water Project and Central Valley Project operations
  • Restoration of endangered Chinook salmon
  • Groundwater, conjunctive use and area-of-origin water rights
  • Environmental restoration projects
  • Agriculture/wildlife conservancies and wildlife refuges
  • Impacts of mining on water quality
  • Farming in the Sacramento Valley
  • Proposed water storage locations
  • Wetlands

Pricing Details:

Regular Price – $790 (one-person single occupancy room)

Early Bird Price – $765 if you register online by Sept. 11. 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 October 11 at 7:30 a.m. and ends on October 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Sacramento International Airport. We will spend the nights at hotels in Oroville and Redding. 

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.

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.


Pacific Gold Agriculture
Traveler Sponsor

Pacific Gold Agriculture, LLC and its affiliated companies (Arbor Nutrio LLC and Pacific Gold Nut Company, Inc.) own and manage orchards, as well as process and market tree nuts in the US and in global markets. We are the largest producer and processor of pecans in California and also grow almonds and walnuts statewide,

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