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CSUF Students’ Design for
Santa Ana River Parkway Unveiled
Santa Ana River Design Project
Students Gabriel Mahoney, Jeffrey Nikolas and Justin Smeets being interviewed by Tien Chu of VHN-TV
The redesign will help to reduce pollution and uncontrolled runoff and would help to recharge groundwater with clean water

November 26, 2007 :: No. 110

What: A presentation by Cal State Fullerton students of their proposed design for the Santa Ana River Parkway will be made Wednesday at the district office of state Sen. Lou Correa. The design, which Correa requested of a number of universities, had to consider floods, irrigation, rights of way, cost and beautification issues. Another design requirement was to address the safety of those using the parkway, including incorporating ways to discourage loitering in the river bottom and under bridges. The project area is from just south of the Garden Grove Freeway (22) to the ocean at Huntington Beach. Although a number of universities started the design process, Cal State Fullerton was the only one to complete the project.
When: 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28
Where: State Sen. Lou Correa’s district office
2323 N. Broadway, Santa Ana
Who: Students Gabriel Mahoney, Jeffrey Nikolas and Justin Smeets, under the guidance of Prasada Rao, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, developed the design.
Additional: The CSUF plan, developed under the guidance of Prasada Rao, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, would restore riparian habitats and re-establish or enhance wetlands in the Newport Beach and Huntington Beach areas. It also would affect the Golden Loop Trailhead, River Park, Fairview Park — now littered with trash — and Talbert South areas. Per the proposal, re-establishment of riparian habitats would help to reduce pollution and uncontrolled runoff and would help to recharge groundwater with clean water. The proposal also notes that nearly all runoff is now diverted to the concrete-lined channels of the Santa Ana River, but much could be diverted to natural flow channels, such as at Fairview Park, which would not only help control flooding and sedimentation, but would provide more recreational opportunities.
Media Contacts:

Prasada Rao, CSUF Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, 657-278-3525 or mprasadarao@fullerton.edu

Russ L. Hudson, CSUF Public Affairs, 657-278-4007 or rhudson@fullerton.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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