Orange County Branch Newsletter

September 2011

History & Heritage

ASCE Local Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Dedication


DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR IRVINE RANCH IRRIGATION SYSTEM


The Irvine Ranch occupies the geographic heart of Orange County.  James Irvine II began to irrigate the central valley of San Diego Creek with drilled wells early in the 1900's to transition from the historic era of dry-farming and pasturage. Then, in the 1920's he began the planning of surface water conservation dams to augment diminishing groundwater resources. Construction of Santiago Dam and Reservoir, completed in 1931, commenced the expansion of the Irvine Ranch Irrigation System that would sustain the agricultural enterprise until the era of urban development and imported water from the Metropolitan Water District began to displace agriculture land use in the 1970's.

On Thursday, September 15, 2011, the Orange County Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers will dedicate a plaque at Peters Canyon Regional Park to celebrate the selection of the Irvine Ranch Irrigation System as a Local Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.  ASCE Members, County of Orange, OC Parks, Water District and Other Public Officials are invited to attend this dedication ceremony.

Guest speakers at the plaque dedication will include County 3rd District Supervisor and Board Chairman Bill Campbell, OC Parks Director Mark Denny, and ASCE's OC Branch HHC Historian Carl R. Nelson.

Be sure to "Reserve a Seat" for this event at Eventbrite.

  

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

ASCE OC Branch Officers, LA and OC History & Heritage Committee Members, OC Branch Members, Life Member Forum and Other Interested ASCE Members.

DATE:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

TIME:

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

LOCATION:

PETERS CANYON REGIONAL PARK
8548 E. Canyon View Avenue
Orange, CA 92869

Just West of Jamboree Road, One Half Mile South of Intersection with E. Chapman Ave.,/E. Santiago Canyon Road.

PARKING:

Ample Parking is Available Just Inside the Peters Canyon Regional Park Entrance.  The Normal Parking Fee Will Be Waived for Ceremony Attendees.

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Refreshments Will Be Provided Following the Ceremony

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MORE INFORMATION:

Please Contact Bill Lawson at
[email protected]
or (949) 494-1229

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