Pajaro Valley Day March 2022
Updated: Apr 9
Class members experienced a behind-the-scenes tour of the Watsonville Airport, a tour of the wetlands, and the Water Recycling Plant.
Outline of the Day
The day began at the beautiful facilities sponsored by the Pajaro Dunes Association. After a wonderful breakfast by D'La Comena Catering, the class spent most of the morning getting reacquainted with one another and sharing thoughts on how the pandemic affected them, both personally and professionally. This was followed by a presentation from Brian Lockwood, General Manager of the Pajaro Valley Water Management Authority. Brian shared some of the challenges and opportunities the Pajaro Valley faces concerning water issues. Then the class was off on a METRO bus for a tour of the Pajaro Valley. The tour started at the Watsonville Airport where the class met Airport Director, Rayvon Williams, and learned about the role the airport plays within our community. Then on to the Pajaro Valley Historical Association where the class enjoyed lunch sponsored by Togo’s and had the opportunity to tour the historic Bockius-Orr house.
After lunch, the class met with the Jonathan Pilch, Executive Director for the Watsonville Wetlands Watch, for a tour and talk about the importance of the wetlands.
The day ended with a tour of the Water Recycling Center adjacent to the Pajaro River. The class learned the value of the water treatment plant and the importance it plays for agriculture and the community. A great day was had by all and the spirits were high among Class 35 as they were reunited after a long wait.