I once wrote about how Hasan Nouri pitched plans to stabilize Aliso Creek in Laguna Beach decades ago but no one listened. Hopefully Laguna Canyon Conservancy members will open their ears Monday evening when the San Clemente hydraulic engineer presents a new proposal to clean up urban runoff in town.
Nouri–a Hoover Medalist with nearly 40 years of professional engineering experience in urban runoff water quality control, river engineering, sediment transportation, flood control and drainage–is scheduled to talk at Monday's LCC dinner meeting about "applying riparian stream treatment of urban runoff with sand and gravel clean storm water bypasses to Laguna Beach."
If I'd taken engineering classes in college I might be able to translate; I barely passed Geology 1. Fret not, because I have seen Nouri speak to the more educated among us multiple times, and he is always easy to understand. Besides addressing urban runoff, Nouri will discuss award-winning projects he designed for Ladera Ranch, Newport Coast and Ballona wetlands (for the National Audubon Society).
The meeting opens with a no-host bar at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program after that Monday at Tivoli Terrace, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members, which you can pay at the door but reservations are required by calling Sharon Larimer at 949.545.7669. Annual memberships for Laguna Canyon Conservancy are only $10 and you can get those now, too.