Past Tours & Events


Past Foundation Tours & Events

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!”


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.


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.

Tour Images from the Central Valley Tour

Central Valley Tour 2015
Field Trip (past)

This 3-day, 2-night tour, which we do every spring, travels the length of the San Joaquin Valley, giving participants a clear understanding of the State Water Project and Central Valley Project.

Bay-Delta Tour 2015
Field Trip (past)

This 3-day, 2-night tour, which we do every year, takes participants to the heart of California water policy – the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay.

Russian River Tour 2014
Field Trip (past)

The 2014 tour took place October 9-10.

This 2-day, 1-night tour travels the Russian River watershed, a microcosm of water management issues in the West.

Sea to Sierra Water Tour 2014
Rolling Seminar on California Water Issues (past)

The 2014 tour was held April 10 – 11.

Travel across the state on Amtrak’s famed California Zephyr, from the edge of sparkling San Francisco Bay, through the meandering channels of the Delta, past rich Central Valley farmland, growing cities, historic mining areas and into the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Foundation Event

2016 Anne Schneider Lecture

Pat Mulroy, a leading figure in Western water and the former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority who oversaw the agency during a major period of growth and drought, was the guest speaker at the 2016 Anne Schneider Lecture on April 6.

Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814