The Water Education Foundation’s tours 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
The tours are praised for being balanced, thorough and
fun. Time for socializing and networking is included in
the action-packed itineraries.
A limited number of scholarships are available on a
case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact
Sixty percent of California’s developed water supply
originates high in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Our water
supply is largely dependent on the health of our Sierra forests,
which are suffering from ecosystem degradation, drought,
wildfires and widespread tree mortality.
Journey through a scenic landscape as we explore an area of
California dealing with persistent threats to its water
supply and quality, and learn what solutions are being
Although Santa Barbara County recently lifted
its drought emergency declaration after this winter’s
storms replenished local reservoirs, the region’s hydrologic
recovery often has lagged behind much of the rest of the state.
It is a region particularly prone to drought, wildfires and
Explore the Sacramento River and its tributaries through a scenic
landscape as we learn about the issues associated with a key
source for the state’s water supply.
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. Tour
participants will get an on-site update of Oroville Dam spillway
This 2-day, 1-night tour offers participants the opportunity to
learn about water issues affecting California’s scenic Central
Coast and efforts to solve some of the challenges of a region
struggling to be sustainable with limited local supplies.
Need a special one or two-day tour for your group? Then call the
Foundation staff! We can design and conduct a customized tour for
your group. Past special tours have been organized for Costco
officials, the Almond Board of California, the USC Knight Ridder
School of Journalism and international visiting water experts.
Contact Programs Manager Nick Gray, 916-444-6240 or
via email, for more details.