Orange County Branch Newsletter

September 2015

Social Committee

Visit to Peters Canyon and ASCE Historic Landmark Plaque

By Josue Vaglienty, PE

Members from ASCE OC set out early on Saturday, August 15th to visit Peters Canyon Regional Park. The gathering was intended for two purposes: to learn about the Irvine Ranch Irrigation System (an ASCE OC historical landmark) as well as complete a hiking loop around the park.

Everyone gathered beneath a small canopy of trees to hear a special lecture by Carl Nelson, PE (ASCE Life Member). Carl provided the group with an overview of how the Peters Canyon reservoir and the Irvine Ranch Irrigation System came to be. Carl described how water conveyance was critical to the region dating all the way back to the original Spanish Ranchos to what later became the Irvine Ranch and to what is now administered by the Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD).

Bill Lawson, PE (ASCE Life Member) was also on hand to display the commemorative ASCE historic landmark plaque. Due to the original plaque being stolen several years ago, Bill has spent the better part of a year researching various materials and designs to prevent the plaque from being stolen again.

As the temperature climbed, Gary Gilbert, PE, GE (ASCE OC Branch President) noted that it was time to start hiking before the heat really set in. Everyone congregated along the trail that led around the reservoir. Students, Younger Members, Professional Members, and Life Members alike got an opportunity to talk and get to know one another while enjoying some great exercise. Several members went on to tackle the “Red Hill” which features a long steep incline for hikers, joggers, and mountain bikers.

Everyone agreed that ASCE OC should have more hiking events - so we will work to plan some in the near future. Stay tuned!



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