Travel 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 $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 travels along more than 100 miles of the river from Friant Dam near Fresno to the confluence of the Merced River. As it weaves across a historic farming region, participants will learn about the status of the river’s restoration and how the challenges of the plan are being worked out.
Contact Programs Director Nick Gray via email with any tour questions.
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This tour starts at 7:30 a.m. on November 2 and ends at 6:30 p.m. on November 3 at the Hampton Inn & Suites Fresno, 327 E Fir Ave, Fresno, CA. Free parking is available on site for the duration of the tour.
Regular Price – $749 (one person, single-occupancy room).
Early Bird Price – $699 if you register online by September 23.
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 Foundation continues to monitor any new developments with COVID-19. Precautions will be implemented during the tour including enhanced sanitation protocols, a mask requirement aboard the motorcoach and a modified agenda/itinerary to maximize the use of outdoor/open-air space when possible.
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).
Regardless of vaccination status, participants must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the tour start date IF they have tested positive or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 5 days of the tour start date.
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.
Continuing education credits are available for California attorneys for an additional fee, and may be available for water plant/wastewater plant operators and other vocations/professions.