Go Deep into California’s Water Hub
Join us on next month's Bay-Delta Tour
Join us for our annual Bay-Delta Tour from June 24th – 26th for a rare opportunity to visit the heart of California’s water supply, see infrastructure vital to managing water in the state and speak to the experts who operate the projects. You will also learn from key stakeholders representing a broad diversity of specialties including farming, ecology, history and land management. Today’s most important and controversial water topics will be covered, including the state’s unprecedented drought, the proposed twin tunnels, ecological restoration and flood control.
Our first day takes you through the maze of channels, islands and levees of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Our focus is on the numerous engineering projects that have transformed the Delta and the farmers who live and work there.
- Historic Clarksburg, a Delta farming community for more than 150 years
- The Delta Cross Channel, a key Delta conveyance point in the federal Central Valley Project
- Sherman and Twitchell Islands, homes to a number of flood control, land use and ecological projects
Our second day takes you through the East San Francisco Bay area, where you will learn about the operations of the Contra Costa Water District as well as other California water infrastructure projects that manage much of California’s water supply.
- The Clifton Court Forebay and Jones Pumping Plant
- The Skinner Fish Facility, an important location in maintaining healthy fish populations.
- Los Vaqueros Dam and Reservoir, one of California’s newest dams that services more than 500,000 customers
- Bollman Water Treatment Plant, a facility that uses ozone and other state-of-the-art water treatment technologies
- Big Break Regional Shoreline, a point where salt water meets fresh water to create a tidal marshland ecosystem with restored wetlands and an interactive model of the Delta.
Day three shows you where the Delta meets the sea in San Francisco Bay. Our focus is on several organizations dedicated to managing the Bay and the ecosystems that populate it.
- The Army Corps Of Engineers Bay Model, an educational center including a 1.5 acre model of the entire area covered during this tour
- A ferry cruise on the San Francisco Bay to witness the beauty and topography of this area first-hand
- The Aquarium of the Bay for an up-close look at the Bay ecosystems and the life which comprises them
- A nature walk through Rush Ranch in the Suisun Marsh, a brackish marsh with dozens of endangered and threatened species.
Our tours are always sell-out events, so purchase your ticket here for this whirlwind journey of the San Francisco-San Joaquin Bay Delta that is guaranteed to increase your knowledge of one of California’s most important natural resources.