What is a Watershed? How can we Monitor its Health?

Public Meeting
Location: Veritas Community Church
345 E. 2nd Ave., Columbus
When: 7:15-8:30pm, April 4, 2016
RSVP: info@olentangywatershed.org

During this meeting, you will learn what a watershed is, how they function and how we, the people, can affect the health of a watershed. We will also introduce FLOW’s Water Steward Program, which we are carrying out with the support of partners at Ohio Water Resources Center and the Sierra Club. We will learn about the different components of the program including the water chemistry testing and macroinvertebtrate sampling that our volunteers will perform.

If you are participating in the Water Steward Training Program, this course is optional. If you are not interested in macroinvertebrate sampling, this meeting and training is not required. This meeting will provide insight into the kind of time commitment that will be required of you and your team (1-2 hours, 3 times per year), an overview of the sampling and identification process, and how all the data will be compiled and used at FLOW.

If you wish to do Macroinvertebrate Sampling and are unable to attend this meeting, please let us know and we will send you information regarding the in-field training.

FLOW’s Day at Lucky’s Market Thursday (3/31)

FLOW Market Day at Lucky's Market (3/31/2016)

FLOW Day at Lucky’s is this Thursday (March 31)!

Make your shopping list and don’t forget to add the trees!

Lucky’s Market has chosen to support the health of the Olentangy Watershed and all its inhabitants and so can you!
All that you have to do to help is go grocery shopping this week at Lucky’s on Thursday, March 31.
Lucky’s will donate 10% to FLOW and we will use those funds to buy trees to plant right here in your watershed. This has got to be the easiest way for you and your family to plant a tree this spring season!
See you at Lucky’s on Thursday!

March and April Events

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FLOW has seven great events planned in March and April.

If you want to lend a hand to programs that are ready for you to participate, here’s a great list to choose from!

March 26th: Slyh Run Restoration at Cranbrook Elementary
Details: 10am -12:30 pm, 908 Bricker Blvd, Columbus OH, 43221
We will be removing invasive bush honeysuckle from the south side of Slyh Run on the school grounds. You can either help cut the honeysuckle or drag it to the brush pile. We need lots of help in getting almost 940 feet of stream corridor cleared of invasives. We will supply the tools and the gloves.
(No additional volunteers needed.)

March 31st: FLOW day at Lucky’s Market
Details: All Day! Lucky’s Market, 2770 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43202
When you shop at Lucky’s Market on March 31st, FLOW will receive 10% of the sales. FLOW will use these funds to plant trees, clean up rivers, plant gardens, and continue to educate our community about our environment. Our goal is to raise $7,000 so please start your shopping list!

April 2nd: Slyh Run Restoration at Cranbrook Elementary
Details: 10am -12:30 pm, 908 Bricker Blvd, Columbus OH, 43221
We will be removing invasive bush honeysuckle from the south side of Slyh Run on the school grounds. You can either help cut the honeysuckle or drag it to the brush pile. We need lots of help in getting almost 940 feet of stream corridor cleared of invasives. We will supply the tools and the gloves.

April 10th: Drake Union at The Ohio State University
Details: This is an OSU student event co-sponsored with the Undergraduate Student Government. The students will be conducting a river clean-up and planting trees on-site.
Community volunteers are not required for this event

April 16th: Earth Day Tree Planting (Fawcett Center for Tomorrow at OSU)
Details: Hosted by FLOW and the Natural Resources Scholars
Location: 9am – 12 pm, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210
Please bring a shovel (or two) if you have them, otherwise, we will provide them. We will be planting 2,000 seedlings along the floodplain of the Olentangy River.
More info and sign ups here:

April 22: Earth Day Glen Echo Ravine Cleanup
Co-sponsored by Earthday Columbus and Lucky’s Market. Be prepared to pick up litter big and small! Dress comfy and in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty as you clean the ravine behind Lucky’s!
Details: 11-2:00 pm Glen Echo Ravine behind Lucky’s Market, 2770 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43202
More info and sign ups here:

April 23rd: Tree Planting with the Battelle River and Stream Team
Details: 9am – 12 pm, River Bluff Park at 8350 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH
Please bring a shovel if you have it. We will provide the gloves and everything else you need. No worries if you don’t have a shovel. We will be planting 2,500 seedling trees in the newest parcel of Highbanks Park (west of the Olentangy River).
More info and sign ups here:

Please email FLOW if you plan to attend or if you need any additional information: info@olentangywatershed.org

FLOW’s Water Steward Program

FLOW’s Water Steward Program kicks off March 22.

FLOW is working with the Ohio Water Resources Center and the Sierra Club to create an active group of Water Stewards in the Lower Olentangy Watershed. These stewards are dedicated to a sustained hands-on effort to quantify the health of our stream waters through the monitoring and reporting of chemical and macroinvertebrate indicators in several of its tributaries.

In order to be a part of the FLOW Water Steward Program you must be trained in WARN (Water Alert Report Training) and either the Water Sentinel (water chemistry) or the macroinvertebrate sampling methods (or in all three areas). After completing the required trainings, the Water Stewards will be grouped with one or more persons and assigned a sampling site close to their chosen geographical area (when possible) which the team will then sample in the spring, summer and fall. If this kind of stewardship is something that you would be interested in participating in please join us for the following training sessions.

Warn Training
Where: OSU Wetlands
The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
352 Dodridge St., Columbus
When: March 22, 7:00
RSVP: info@olentangywatershed.org

Details: WARN Training is required to be a water steward. However, it is likely that we will hold another training session sometime in late spring. Please let us know if you are interested but unable to attend.

Water Sentinel Training
Where: OSU Wetlands
The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
352 Dodridge St., Columbus
When: March 29, 7:00
RSVP: info@olentangywatershed.org

Details: Water Sentinel Training will enable you to test the chemical components in the water. This training is optional and if you choose not to do this training, we will try to pair you with someone that has had this training. You may try to take this training at a later date. Data collected from this training will be used by both FLOW and the Sierra Club to track stream health. Supplies will be provided for each team.

Program Overview Meeting and Introduction to Macroinvertebrate Sampling Methods
Where: Veritas Community Church
345 E. 2nd Ave., Columbus
When: 7:15-8:30pm, April 4, 2016
RSVP: info@olentangywatershed.org

Details:
This course is optional. If you are not interested in macroinvertebrate sampling, this meeting and training is not required.

This meeting will provide insight into the kind of time commitment that will be required of you and your team (1-2 hours, 3 times per year), an overview of the sampling and identification process, and how all the data will be compiled and used at FLOW. If you wish to do Macroinvertebrate Sampling and are unable to attend this meeting, please let us know and we will send you information regarding the in-field training.

Hands on Field Training for Macroinvertebrate Sampling, Equipment Dispersal and Site Assignments
Where: Adena Brook, Whetstone Park, Clintonville
When: 1:30-3:30pm, May 1, 2016

During this event, FLOW Water Steward Trainers will walk you through an actual macro invertebrate sampling process and work with you to identify the various critters that you might find at your own site. You must have attended WARN training prior to attending this event unless other arrangements have been made with FLOW for future training events.

First Sampling with a FLOW Water Steward Trainer
You will each have an assigned site that you will visit with your team three times every year. This first visit you will be accompanied by a FLOW Water Steward Trainer. The trainer will show you your access points and walk you through the process so that you have the confidence you will need to go out on your own in the summer and fall.
Locations and dates to be determined based on team and trainer location and availability.
As a Water Steward
Once you have done your chemical and macroinvertebrate sampling, you will provide your results to FLOW so that they can be compiled into both an overall annual report as well as be used to track your specific location over time. You and your team will visit your site two more times this year. We will track the results of the sampling and share these with you on our website and hold a year end meeting so you and your fellow stewards get a chance to meet and share stories of success and fun in the streams!
If you are interested in becoming a FLOW Water Steward and we look forward to seeing you and guiding you through this opportunity to work first-hand to improve the quality of our streams.