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.
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.
Under the now $1.2 billion plan, efforts are aimed at restoring flows to a 60-mile, mostly dry stretch of the San Joaquin River to revive Chinook salmon runs while reducing or avoiding adverse water supply impacts to farmers.
This 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 a historic farming region, participants learned about the status of the river’s restoration and how the challenges of the plan are being worked out.
Contact Nick Gray, programs manager, via email or call 916-444-6240 with any questions.
What did you like best?
“Good range of views and challenges.”
“Good organization. Cool to see the fish released.”
“It was well organized and everything ran smoothly. I appreciated this because it made the focus of the event education, rather than worrying about logistics.”
Regular Price – $625 (one person, single-occupancy room).
Early Bird Price – $595 if you register online by Oct. 8. Click on the Eventbrite button above.
Fee includes all tour meals, transportation, materials, snacks and hotel accommodations once the tour begins. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the tour’s beginning and end point.
The tour began on November 7 at 7:30 a.m. in Fresno at the Hotel Piccadilly and ended at the hotel on November 8 at 6:30 p.m. The tour stayed overnight at a hotel in Los Banos.
Continuing education credits may be available for an additional fee for attorneys, water plant/wastewater plant operators and other vocations/professions.