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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 3-day, 2-night excursion travels across the Sacramento Valley and follows the river north from Sacramento through Oroville to Redding and Shasta Lake, where participants will take a houseboat tour. Tour participants will also get an up-close view of Oroville Dam’s repaired main spillway that suffered major damage during a power 2017 storm.
Experts will talk about the history of the Sacramento River as the tour winds through riparian woodland, rice fields, wildlife refuges and nut orchards. The tour will track important water issues for farming and environmental uses, visit the location of the Sites Reservoir and discuss innovativons for flood management, groundwater management and salmon restoration.
Contact Programs Director Nick Gray via email with any tour questions.
What did you like best?
“The speakers discussed the challenging issues facing the Sacramento Valley and the dynamic history of this region from a diverse range of perspectives. Put together, these perspectives provided a useful high-level picture of this unique system and the kinds of decisions that will have to be made in the near- and long-terms. Being able to actually see many of the projects and landscapes firsthand helped to drive home the information.”
“I appreciated that the tour was so well organized. We had a fast and complicated schedule, yet everything went like clockwork.”
“The broad range of water issues and market sectors covered by the tour. Also appreciate the extensive experience & local knowledge of the resource speakers & site-specific speakers.”
The tour starts at 7:30 a.m. on October 18 and ends at 6:30 p.m. on October 20 at the Water Education Foundation office, 2151 River Plaza Drive, Suite 205, Sacramento, CA. Free parking is available.
The tour includes overnight stays in Oroville and Redding which are arranged by the Foundation and covered by the registration fee.
The Courtyard Sacramento Airport Natomas is next door to the Water Education Foundation and also offers a shuttle to/from Sacramento International Airport (SMF). We have a discounted room rate arranged there and self-pay booking options are provided upon registration for the tour.
General – $959 (one person, single-occupancy room)
Fee includes all tour meals, transportation, materials, snacks and hotel accommodations once the tour begins Wednesday. Meals covered by the registration fee include lunch on Wednesday through lunch on Friday. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the tour’s beginning and end point.
A limited amount of scholarship funding is available to pay for a portion of the tour. Scholarships are awarded based on a few factors, including:
Contact Nick Gray via email to apply or for more information.
The Foundation continues to monitor developments with COVID-19. Precautions will be implemented during the tour including enhanced sanitation protocols and an itinerary that maximizes use of outdoor/open-air spaces when feasible.
Despite these mitigating circumstances, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people gather. All participants should consider their personal choices around harm reduction and risk tolerance in the face of current variants and the likelihood of additional variants emerging in the future.
Acceptance of an assumption of risk waiver is required during registration for the tour.
We ask participants not to attend if, within 72 hours of the tour start date, they have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the CDC).
If a participant tests positive or is exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 within 5 days of the tour start date, they must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the tour start date regardless of their vaccination status.
Deadline to cancel and receive a refund is three weeks prior to the first day of the tour due to hotel, meal and transportation commitments. Substitutions are allowed up to five business days before the tour. Eventbrite fees are nonrefundable and the remaining amount may be subject to an additional 10% processing fee.
We recognize that unexpected conflicts with our tours can occur from time to time. The Water Education Foundation recommends you consider arranging travel insurance from a provider of your choice soon after tour registration to protect against such unfortunate events.
MCLE credits are available only for California attorneys for an additional fee, and may be available for water plant/wastewater plant operators and other vocations/professions. Contact Nick Gray via email with any questions.