A Fund for FLOW’s Future

FLOW has taken a step to protect its long-term financial security by setting up a $25,000 endowment fund with Columbus Foundation.

FLOW Treasurer Brian Ogle with Lisa Jolley of Columbus Foundation and FLOW Chair Gretchen Farnung met to establish the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed Fund on May 8, 2014.

FLOW Treasurer Brian Ogle with Lisa Jolley of Columbus Foundation and FLOW Chair Gretchen Farnung met to establish the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed Fund on May 8, 2014.


FLOW’s income and expenses have fluctuated over the past few years, but success with grants and corporate donations and a continued determination to cut expenses helped to build a nest egg to invest in Columbus Foundation Green Funds. When needed, FLOW can draw on this investment. It is hoped that the endowment may encourage interest from larger philanthropic groups. The Fund will let FLOW earn a higher return than typical bank accounts and help achieve the mission of a clean and safe Olentangy River for all to enjoy.

Rain Barrel Workshops

Greenspot Rain Barrel Program. Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District.

FLOW will facilitate rain-barrel workshops with the GreenSpot Rain Barrel Program again this year. Dates will be posted on our web calendar of events, or visit http://stormwater.franklinswcd.org for information about in-person or online workshops to become eligible for a rain barrel for a cost share of $55. If you have questions please e-mail info@olentangywatershed.org.

Fifth Avenue Dam Removal

The 5TH Avenue lowhead dam was removed in August 2012, and the ecological restoration project began as pool levels were reduced above the 5th Avenue Dam. The ecological and riverbank restoration project ended in September of 2014. Please see the links below for details on the dam removal and river restoration efforts undertaken for the 5th Avenue dam project.

For more information:
5th Avenue Dam Project, Department of Public Utilities, City of Columbus
July 2014 5th Avenue Dam e-newsletter (PDF – 2.8 MB)
5th Avenue Dam Removal and progress with the Lower Olentangy Ecosystem Restoration Project
Proposed Removal Plan by Stantec (PDF – 11MB)