Technical Tours

Folsom Dam Tour - SOLD OUT

Wednesday, May 24, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The tour will now begin at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery building with a tour of the facility and presentation on “the importance of and necessity of the Nimbus Fish Hatchery”.  

From there, the we will move to the Joint Federal Project (also known as the Auxiliary Spillway project) for 30 minutes of presentations covering the Central Valley Project, the Folsom Dam and the new Auxiliary Spillway.  After the presentations, the group will receive a safety briefing and then be led on a one-hour tour of the Auxiliary Spillway project.  

The group will then travel by bus to Beal's Point where you will experience a beautiful view the rear of the Folsom Dam, and participate in a presentation on “temperature management”.

UPDATED 4/12/17

NOTE: All participants MUST be US Citizens to participate.

EchoWater Project Tour

Thursday, May 25, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The tour will visit the Sacramento Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant. Regional San is undertaking a monumental effort—called the EchoWater Project—to take our region’s wastewater treatment to a whole new level. In 2010, Regional San was issued stringent new treatment requirements from the State of California that require us to make the most significant upgrade to our wastewater treatment plant since its original construction. This new system, which must be in place by 2021-2023, will produce cleaner water for discharge to the Sacramento River, as well as for potential reuse as recycled water (e.g., for landscape and agricultural irrigation).

We’re calling this major upgrade the “EchoWater Project” to reflect how it will take our wastewater and return it to a clean, natural state—much like an “echo” returning to its original source. The EchoWater Project is among the largest public works projects in Sacramento’s history. When completed, it will keep Regional San in compliance with its regulatory permits and improve water quality by resulting in a nearly 95 percent reduction in ammonia discharged to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Ultimately, EchoWater will be capable of meeting our region’s needs and protecting our region’s waterways for generations to come.

State-Federal Joint Operations Center Tour - SOLD OUT

Tuesday, May 23, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tour will visit the State- Federal Joint Operations Center to learn about the Flood Operations Center (FOC) with NOAA’s California Nevada River Forecast Center and Sacramento Weather Forecast Office, State Water Project (also CA DWR) and the Central Valley Project (Bureau of Reclamation) operations and the Central Valley Flood Protection Board.

Yolo Bypass Flood Structures Tour - SOLD OUT

Tuesday, May 23, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Participants will tour the Sacramento and Freemont Weirs to learn about how Sacramento’s flood protection system works.

Freeport Regional Water Project Intake Facilities Tour

Thursday, May 25, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  - PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME

This tour will visit the Freeport Regional Water Project Intake Facilities to learn about operational aspects, unique features, permitting process, mitigation efforts. The water intake facility and pumping plant is located on the Sacramento River, upstream of the town of Freeport, and diverts water and pumps it through pipelines to other FRWP facilities. Sacramento County will use 85 million gallons of water per day (mgd) of water from the FRWP to serve customers in the central part of Sacramento County. The County currently serves customers through a conjunctive use program, delivering both surface water and groundwater. By increasing the surface water supply, the County can reduce its reliance on groundwater and allow aquifers in the central portion of the County to recharge. EBMUD will use 100 mgd of water from the FRWP as a supplemental water source in dry years only, estimated to be three out of every 10 years. EBMUD has an adequate water supply during normal and wet years, but must ration water during dry years. The supplemental water source from the FRWP will help EBMUD reduce rationing during dry years.

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