Epic Sierra Snowpack Headlines Headwaters Tour in June
Guided Rafting Trip on American River Available the Day Before
Our Headwaters Tour June 21-22 will take you into the Sierra Nevada to explore the impacts of this year’s historically large snowpack, reported at well over 200% of average. Remaining seats are limited so don’t miss your chance to examine water issues happening upstream that have dramatic effects throughout the state.
What exactly is an ‘average’ snowpack and how is it measured? How are those measurements then translated into forecasts of California’s water supply for the year, and is climate change making our reliance on historical patterns as a predictor obsolete? You’ll get an opportunity to learn about these topics directly from experts including Sean de Guzman, manager of the California Department of Water Resources Snow Surveys and Water Supply Forecasting Unit.
Snowpack is only part of the story, of course. The quantity and quality of water supply for millions of Californians also depends on the health of Sierra forests that have been ravaged by historically destructive wildfires and a series of multi-year droughts. We’ll cover the role of forest management research and practice, California’s tree mortality epidemic, meadow restoration and more. This 2-day tour starts and ends in Sacramento with an overnight stay at Lake Tahoe.
NEW! Fully Guided & Outfitted Pre-Tour Rafting Trip
One of the best whitewater seasons ever is anticipated as this year’s snowpack melts into California’s rivers, and you can get a firsthand look in conjunction with our Headwaters Tour. New this year, registered tour participants are invited to join an optional rafting trip on the South Fork of the American River June 20!
Although sometimes overlooked, the recreational component of California’s water story is not only an important economic engine for the state but also provides people with a direct connection to its myriad watersheds. During our river journey, expert guides from our friends at Environmental Traveling Companions will outfit and lead a group down the South Fork’s Lower Gorge to experience the excitement of an on-the-water perspective while also learning about the rich and diverse history of the surrounding lands and its people. The memorable adventure consisting of both mellow Class II and exciting Class III whitewater is perfect for novice paddlers and experienced river runners alike.