2008 Farm Water Leadership Tour
Sept. 17-19, 2008

Join the three-day tour through the San Joaquin Valley and visit with farmers and water district officials.

fuse-gates.gifTour participants visit the fuse gates at Lake Kaweah.

The tour begins and ends in Stockton with overnight stops in Los Banos and Bakersfield.  This is your opportunity to ask farmers "why" they use water like they do.  Hotels, meals and transportation during the tour are included in the cost:
$475 single occupancy
$395 per person double occupancy

Confirm your reservations today by calling the

California Farm Water Coalition
(916) 391-5030, or email to

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Tentative Agenda
2008 Farm Water Leadership Tour
Sept. 17-19, 2008

Day One – Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

8:00 a.m.               Meet in Stockton at   

San Joaquin Farm Bureau

3290 North Ad Art Road

Stockton, CA  95215

(209) 931-4931

                                Introductory briefing by Mike Wade

                                                Why the Delta is so important  

9:00 a.m.               Board bus for driving tour through the Delta

                                Delta farmer perspective by Jerry Robinson

9:30 a.m                Hwy 4—Jones Tract levee repairs

9:50 a.m.               Depart Jones Tract

10:00 a.m.            Arrive DWR Rock Barriers at Grant Line Canal & Tracy Blvd.

                                                Mark Holderman, Supervising Engineer,

South Delta Branch, DWR

10:30 a.m.            Depart DWR Rock Barriers

11:00 a.m.            Arrive C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant 

                                                Facility briefing and tour —

   Steve Larsen

   Manager, Plant Engineering & Maintenance

   San Luis & Delta Mendota Water Authority


1:00 p.m.               Depart Jones Pumping Plant

1:15 p.m.               Arrive Federal Fish Screens

2:00 p.m.               Depart Federal Fish Screens

                                Speaker on bus

3:30 p.m.               Arrive San Luis Reservoir

Dan Nelson—Executive Director

           San Luis & Delta Mendota Water Authority

Analysis of court decision to restrict water flowing from the Delta

4:00 p.m.               Depart San Luis Reservoir…driving tour to motel

                                Dennis Falaschi, Panoche Water District general manager

                                                Recycling of drainage water

5:45 p.m.               Arrive Los Banos

                                Overnight at the Vagabond Inn Executive Motel

615 p.m.                Depart for dinner at Delta Party Barn

6:30 p.m.               Arrive Delta Party Barn

BBQ dinner and program—

Speaker to be determined

Board members from local water districts invited

8:30 p.m.               Depart for motel

Day Two – Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008
Continental breakfast at the motel

7:30 a.m.               Depart Los Banos

8:30 a.m.               Arrive Stamoules Produce                                                Computerized irrigation system

                                                Chuck Dees, Irrigation Manager

10:00 a.m.            Depart Stamoules Farms

10:20 a.m.            Arrive Mendota Pool

                                                Presentation by Exchange Contractors representative

10:45 a.m.            Depart Mendota Pool

                                                Speaker on bus

12:15 a.m.            Arrive Friant Dam


New Storage at Upper Temperance

                                                Ron Jacobsma

Friant Water Users Authority

1:30 p.m.               Depart Friant Dam

3:00 p.m.               Arrive Lake Kaweah/Terminus Dam

Presentation:  Flood Control/Fusegates

By Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District

4:00 p.m.               Depart Lake Kaweah

5:30 p.m.               Arrive Fernandes Dairy, Tipton

                                                View carousel milking parlor; water control measures

6:15 p.m.               Depart Fernandes Dairy

6:30 p.m.               Arrive Lower Tule River Irrigation District, Tipton

                                                Water for ag and the environment

                                                Dan Vink, LTRID General Manager

8:00 p.m.               Depart Lower Tule River Irrigation District

8:45 p.m.               Arrive Wyndham Garden Hotel, Bakersfield


Day Three – Friday, Sept. 19, 2008


7:35 a.m.               Depart Wyndham Garden Hotel

7:45 a.m.               Breakfast at Kern County Water Agency

                                                Briefing of issues by Jim Beck, General Manager

8:45 a.m.               Depart Kern County Water Agency with Kern Water Bank spokesperson on bus

9:20 a.m.               Arrive Kern Water Bank for driving tour

10:45 a.m.            Depart Kern Water Bank 

12:00 p.m.            Arrive Harris Ranch Restaurant


                                                Westlands Water District briefing

1:00 p.m.               Depart Harris Ranch Restaurant

                                                Driving tour of Westlands

4:00 p.m.               Arrive San Joaquin Farm Bureau, Stockton



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