Past Tours & Events

Overview

Past Foundation Tours & Events

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

Water Year 2019: Feast or Famine?
Dec. 5th workshop in Irvine focused on ability to predict winter precipitation

The Carr Fire devastated land around Keswick Dam, nine miles downstream of Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River“Dry, hot and on fire” is how the California Department of Water Resources described Water Year 2018 in a recent report.

Water Year 2018 – from Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018 - marked a return to dry conditions statewide following an exceptionally wet 2017, according to DWR’s Water Year 2018 report. But 2017 was exceptional as all but two of the water years in the past decade experienced drought.

Was Water Year 2018 simply a single dry year or does it signal the beginning of another drought? And what can reliably be said about the prospects for Water Year 2019? Does El Niño really mean anything for California or is it all washed up as a predictor?

Attendees found out at this one-day event Dec. 5 in Irvine, Water Year 2019: Feast or Famine?

Eventbrite - Water Year 2019: Feast or Famine?

Beckman Center
Auditorium - Huntington Room
100 Academy Way
Irvine, California 92617
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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. 

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.
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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
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
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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. 

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

2017 Water 101 Workshop: The Basics and Beyond

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 with an optional second half-day gave attendees a deeper understanding of the state’s most precious natural resource.

Tour

Northern California Tour 2016
Field Trip (past)

This 3-day, 2-night tour traveled the length of the Sacramento Valley, a major source of water for California.

Experts talked about the history of the Sacramento River as the tour wends through riparian woodland, crop fields and nut orchards. The 3-day, 2-night 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.

Post

Groundwater Tour 2016
Field Trip (past)

This 2-day, 1-night tour traveled from the Sacramento region to rural Capay Valley to view sites that explore groundwater, a key resource in California.

The tour examined groundwater monitoring stations where participants learned how this precious resource is measured, tracked and evaluated. Visited local farms and wineries that mitigate groundwater needs through innovative irrigation techniques. Learned about groundwater contamination and ways to prevent it at a local dairy.

Foundation Event

Water 101 Workshop
Learn the Basics and Beyond of this Critical Resource

Participants had an opportunity to learn from top experts at our popular Water 101 Workshop in the Sacramento area, held on February 4-5, 2016. This daylong workshop with an optional second, half-day offered the opportunity to learn about California water basics, hot topics and water district board member governance.

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Drought Tour 2015
Field Trip (past)

This 2-day, 1-night tour traveled through the San Joaquin Valley to explore the impacts of California’s unprecedented four-year drought on the nation’s breadbasket and what steps are being taken to avert disaster.

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Bay-Delta Tour 2016
Field Trip (past)

Delta waterway

This 3-day, 2-night tour featured experts who discussed the issues and controversies with this important resource, farmers who grow produce and environmentalists who are trying to bolster declining fish populations.

What attendees say about this tour:

What did you like best?

“Seeing the Delta with my own eyes. Getting a better handle on issues & complexity of the Delta. Thoughtful, informative speakers. The Bay Model!”

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Southern California Tour 2015
Field Trip (past)

This 2-day, 1-night tour traveled through Inland Southern California to learn about the region’s efforts in groundwater management, recycled water and other drought-proofing measures.

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Groundwater Tour 2015
Field Trip (past)

This 2-day, 1-night tour traveled from the Sacramento region to Napa Valley to view sites that explore groundwater issues. Topics  included groundwater quality, overdraft and subsidence, agricultural use, wells, and regional management efforts.