Over the years, Bob Borthwick has been involved in pushing for a pedestrian walkway from Aliso Beach to the conserved lands of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. With the recent Coastal Commission approval of a permit for the Ranch at Laguna Beach, it appears that Bob’s vision of many years ago soon will be realized. However, the U.S. Corps of Engineers is unveiling plans for controlling Aliso Creek and its flood plain that becomes a problem in the wilderness park during heavy rainfall. Over the years, small dams and riprap have been placed to slow the movement of water, but in the process the terrain has been so altered as to change the natural direction of the creek altogether. The Corps is offering a series of alternative plans for control and protection of sewer pipes that presently traverse the canyons. The new plans should be ready for public review in May 2015. Of course, the ideal solution would be to rethink all the old and new projects and find a way to restore the canyon lands and control flooding in natural ways. — Ron Chilcote