We 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.
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 $54 billion agricultural industry.
Stops included the Delta Cross Channel, the Bay Model in Sausalito, Los Vaqueros Reservoir and Suisun Marsh. Issues discussed included Delta planning initiatives, the proposed tunnels project, water project operations, fish passage, ecosystem restoration, levees and flood management, Delta agriculture, storage, and drinking water quality and water supply reliability.
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 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!”
“Listening to the stories of the farmer was fascinating. Wide range of perspectives, learning about all of the amazing resources in the area, connecting with other professionals in the water industry.”
“The Bay Model was simply amazing, could have spent hours there. It was just an awesome three days all together.”
This tour started at 7:30 a.m. on May 16 and ended at 6:30 p.m. on May 18 at Sacramento International Airport.
Regular Price – $940 (one-person single occupancy room)
Early Bird Price – $915 for registering online by April 16.
Fee included all tour meals, transportation, materials, snacks and hotel accommodations once the tour begins. Participants were responsible for their own transportation to and from the tour’s beginning and end point.
Deadline to cancel and receive a full refund was two weeks prior to the first day of the tour due to hotel, meal and transportation bookings. Substitutions were allowed up to three business days before the tour. Refunds may be subject to a 10% processing fee.
Continuing education credits may be available for an additional fee for attorneys and water plant/wastewater plant operators, and other vocations/professions.