The 2014 tour was held February 26 – 28.
This 3-day, 2-night tour follows the course of the lower Colorado River through Nevada, Arizona and California, and includes a private tour of Hoover Dam. Tour stops include the Yuma Desalting Plant, farms in the Imperial and Coachella valleys, MWD’s Gene Village, the Warren H. Brock Reservoir and the Salton Sea. Issues discussed included drought management, the Central Arizona Project, Southern Nevada’s water needs, U.S.-Mexico border issues, endangered species and tribal water rights. The tour begins in Las Vegas and ends at California’s Ontario Airport.
The Water Education Foundation’s tours are action-packed field trips that offer participants a firsthand look at the water facilities, rivers and regions critical in the debate about the future of water resources. Issues of water supply, water quality, environmental restoration, flood management, groundwater and water conservation are addressed by a wide-range of speakers representing different viewpoints.