Learn About Atmospheric River Research and Forest Management on Headwaters Tour June 27-28
Two-day tour with overnight at Lake Tahoe includes new route & stops; early-bird tickets end May 27th
Water supply for California’s cities and farms is largely dependent on snowmelt from the upper watershed in the Sierra Nevada, but that pattern is being challenged by wildfires, climate change and widespread tree mortality. Fire damage in an upstream watershed can last for decades with the effects felt far downstream through increased risk of flood and erosion.
Our Headwaters Tour June 27-28 highlights this connection between fire and water with an up-close look at the critical role healthy Sierra forests play in water supply and quality across California.
Besides seeing firsthand the research and application of new forest management practices, we will also learn about a new initiative between Yuba Water Agency, the California Department of Water Resources and University of California, San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography to study how atmospheric rivers affect the location, duration and intensity of storms. With more extreme weather events due to climate change expected to affect where snow falls and how fast it melts, that atmospheric research could help water managers make better decisions about optimal releases from New Bullards Bar Reservoir in advance of threatening storms.
Planned stops on our tour include:
- Eldorado National Forest
- UC Berkeley’s Blodgett Forest Research Station
- King Fire burn site
- Lake Tahoe
- UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center
- Various locations along the American and Yuba rivers
- Folsom Dam
- Meadow and river restoration sites
- Tahoe National Forest
- Blue Forest Conservation project site
- New Bullards Bar Reservoir
Join us for this 2-day, 1-night tour as we travel a new route through two national forests and around California’s most iconic lake – Lake Tahoe – to visit rivers, forests and meadows.
The tour begins and ends in Rancho Cordova, a suburb of Sacramento. You can take advantage of our “early bird” discount for a little while longer by registering before May 27th!