Orange County Branch Newsletter

August 2014


Geotech Institute and OC YMF Prado Dam Tour

By: Taki Chrysovergis

The Prado Dam was constructed in 1941 to serve as the primary dam for the lower half of the Santa Ana River.  The dam provides flood control for Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County.  The system is designed to provide various levels of flood protection from 100 to 190 years for areas most susceptible to damage from flooding.
The Geo-Institute/OC YMF Prado Dam Tour on July 24th was a great opportunity for engineers and prospective engineers to get a behind-the-scenes look at a functioning dam.  Over 30 attendees including YMF members, Geo-Institute members, students, and engineers met and were served lunch at a nearby park before heading to the dam.  The attendees received a presentation given by Army Corps of Engineers Robert Kwan, Project Design Engineer, and Tomas Bucklew, Project Manager.  Following the presentation, the group was taken to the top of the dam and into the control tower and gate control room, where the outflow of water is controlled.


View upstream towards the control tower.

View downstream of the dam.

Prado Dam Tour Attendees