Past Tours & Events

Overview

Past Tours & Events

See the regions we’ve explored on tours and the issues we’ve examined at workshops and conferences.

Tour

San Joaquin River Restoration Tour 2018

Participants of this tour snaked along the San Joaquin River to learn firsthand about one of the nation’s largest and most expensive river restoration projects.

Fishery worker capturing a fish in the San Joaquin River.

The San Joaquin River was the focus of one of the most contentious legal battles in California water history, ending in a 2006 settlement between the federal government, Friant Water Users Authority and a coalition of environmental groups.

Northern California Tour 2018

This tour explored the Sacramento River and its tributaries through a scenic landscape as participants learned 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. Tour participants got an on-site update of repair efforts on the Oroville Dam spillway. 

Foundation Event

Monitoring Land Subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley

Example of land subsidence in the San Joaquin ValleyLand subsidence caused by groundwater pumping has been observed in the San Joaquin Valley for decades. Increased reliance on aquifers during the last decade resulted in subsidence rates in excess of a foot per year in some parts of the region.

While subsidence was minimal in 2017 due to one of the wettest years on record, any return to dry conditions would likely set the stage for subsidence to resume as the region relies more heavily on groundwater than surface water.

Fresno State
Alice Peters Auditorium
Fresno, CA 93740

Water Education Foundation’s 2018 Water Summit
Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman gave keynote address at Sept. 20 event

The 2018 Water Summit, the Water Education Foundation’s premiere event of the year, featured critical conversations about water in California and the West revolving around the theme: Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta.

The summit was held Sept. 20 in Sacramento along California’s largest and longest river, the Sacramento River, where we networked at the reception outside.

The Westin Sacramento
4800 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822

Headwaters Tour 2018

Sixty percent of California’s developed water supply originates high in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Our water supply is largely dependent on the health of our Sierra forests, which are suffering from ecosystem degradation, drought, wildfires and widespread tree mortality.

Headwaters tour participants on a hike in the Sierra Nevada.

We headed into the foothills and the mountains to examine water issues that happen upstream but have dramatic impacts downstream and throughout the state. 

GEI (Tour Starting Point)
2868 Prospect Park Dr.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.
Tour

Bay-Delta Tour 2018

Sacramento-San Joaquin DeltaWe traveled deep into California’s water hub and traverse the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that supports the state’s water system and is California’s most crucial water and ecological resource. The tour made its way to San Francisco Bay, and included a ferry ride.

Paleo Drought Workshop
Using the Past to Improve Drought Preparedness Now

This April 19th workshop in San Pedro was focused on helping Southern California water agencies and others to gain information for improving drought preparedness and updating Urban Water Management Plans. The workshop was sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Water Education Foundation.

DoubleTree by Hilton (Madeo Ballroom)
2800 Via Cabrillo-Marina
San Pedro, CA 90731
Tour

Lower Colorado River Tour 2018

We explored the lower Colorado River where virtually every drop of the river is allocated, yet demand is growing from myriad sources — increasing population, declining habitat, drought and climate change.

The 1,450-mile river is a lifeline to 40 million people in the Southwest across seven states and Mexico. How the Lower Basin states – Arizona, California and Nevada – use and manage this water to meet agricultural, urban, environmental and industrial needs was the focus of this tour.

Hampton Inn Tropicana
4975 Dean Martin Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Tour

Central Valley Tour 2018

We ventured through California’s Central Valley, known as the nation’s breadbasket thanks to an imported supply of surface water and local groundwater. Covering about 20,000 square miles through the heart of the state, the valley provides 25 percent of the nation’s food, including 40 percent of all fruits, nuts and vegetables consumed throughout the country.

Foundation Event University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Water 101 Workshop: The Basics and Beyond
Event included optional Delta Tour

One of our most popular events, Water 101 details the history, geography, legal and political facets of water in California as well as hot topics currently facing the state.

Taught by some of the leading policy and legal experts in the state, the one-day workshop gives attendees a deeper understanding of the state’s most precious natural resource.

McGeorge School of Law
3285 5th Ave, Classroom C
Sacramento, CA 95817
Tour

San Joaquin River Restoration Tour 2017

The 2-day, 1-night tour traveled along the river from Friant Dam near Fresno to the confluence of the Merced River. As it weaved across an historic farming region, participants learn about the status of the river’s restoration and how the challenges of the plan are being worked out.

Northern California Tour 2017

This tour explored the Sacramento River and its tributaries through a scenic landscape as we learned 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 was paid to the flood event at Oroville Dam and the efforts to repair the dam spillway before the next rainy season. 

Headwaters Tour 2017

Sixty percent of California’s developed water supply originates high in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Our water supply is largely dependent on the health of our Sierra forests, which are suffering from ecosystem degradation, drought, wildfires and widespread tree mortality.

On this tour, we headed into the foothills and the mountains to examine water issues that happen upstream but have dramatic impacts downstream and throughout the state. 

GEI (Tour Starting Point)
2868 Prospect Park Dr.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.
Foundation Event

Test-Run a User’s Guide to Delta Restoration

The Delta Landscapes Project (funded by California Department of Fish & Wildlife) offers new insights into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, examining how to achieve better restoration outcomes by understanding how the natural systems originally functioned.

Given the complexities of the restoration efforts and the large number of agencies and stakeholders involved, in-person dialog among restoration practitioners, landowners and regulators is necessary to adapt the scientific findings into a usable framework for on-the-ground decision-making.

Civic Center Galleria
1110 West Capitol Ave.
West Sacramento, CA 95691

Bay-Delta Tour 2017

We went deep into California’s water hub and traversed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that support the state’s water system and is California’s most crucial water and ecological resource. The tour made it way to San Francisco Bay, and included a ferry ride.

Water from Northern California flows through the Delta and heads south to provide drinking water for more than 25 million Californians and irrigation to 3 million acres of farmland that contribute to the state’s $46 billion agricultural industry.

2017 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference

The Santa Ana River Watershed Conference examined pressing issues key to the watershed that spans Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The daylong event was held on May 25 at the Ontario Convention Center in the city of Ontario.

Participants heard about the importance of the Santa Ana River Watershed and how, through powerful partnerships, the region can find resilient solutions to  improve the quality and reliability of the local water supply.

Ontario Convention Center
2000 E Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764
Foundation Event

Building Capacity for Regional Sustainability in California: A Water Summit

This half-day workshop in Sacramento brought together regional water and land use leaders from across the state to discuss challenges and opportunities related to:

  • Establishing governance for groundwater management
  • Developing groundwater management and other water management plans
  • Improving regulatory processes and securing sustainable funding – all necessary ingredients for achieving sustainable water balance
Sacramento Convention Center, Room 202
1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Tour

Lower Colorado River Tour 2017

This tour explored the Lower Colorado River where virtually every drop of the river is allocated, yet demand is growing from a myriad of sources — increasing population, declining habitat, drought and climate change.

The 1,450-mile river is a lifeline to 40 million people in the Southwest across seven states and Mexico. How the Lower Basin states – Arizona, California and Nevada – use and manage this water to meet agricultural, urban, environmental and industrial needs is the focus of this tour.

Commands