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Press Release
County of Orange Seal COUNTY OF ORANGE

February 27, 2001
Vicki L. Wilson, Director
300 N. Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA
P.O. Box 4048
Santa Ana, CA 92702-4048
Telephone: 714.834.2300
Fax: 714.834.5188
Flood Control District To Become Historic Landmark
(SANTA ANA) – Founded in 1927, the Orange County Flood Control District (OCFCD) will soon join Newport Harbor, Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Tustin Blimp Hangers as a California Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. The OCFCD is only the seventh landmark to be dedicated in Orange County.

The national president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Robert Bein, will present the OCFCD with a brass plaque commemorating the designation in a ceremony at 9:30 a.m., March 1 in the H.G. Osborne Building, 300 North Flower Street, Santa Ana.

The ceremony will feature a brief history of the OCFCD and an explanation of the Historic Landmark Program. Cynthia P. Coad, Chair, Orange County Board of Supervisors, will discuss the importance of the flood control district, and Vicki Wilson, Director of the Public Facilities and Resources Department, will talk about challenges facing the program.

"This is an incredible honor," said Coad. "I believe that many lives and properties have been preserved as a result of the Flood Control District and its engineers." 

The ASCE landmark program was developed to bring recognition to historic civil engineering projects, structures and sites. It honors special projects that are at least 50 years old and have made significant contributions to the development of the nation or a large region and the civil engineering profession.

According to Theodore von Karman, scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that never has been. “The Flood Control District has helped transform Orange County from a land of orange groves to an area in which many people and businesses want to locate," said Coad.