13th Annual Olentangy River Watershed Forum

Join FLOW and our watershed partners on October 28th for the 13th Annual Olentangy Watershed Forum.  The forum is a full day of news, networking and getting out on the river to learn about the many efforts underway in both the upper and lower watersheds of the Olentangy River.   This year the forum will feature speakers from Del-Co Water Company, the City of Delaware, Ohio EPA and the Delaware Regional Planning Commission,  along with updates from FLOW , the Olentangy Watershed Alliance and Preservation Parks of Delaware County, and a canoe trip in the afternoon.

Date and time: October 28th,  2016  9 am – 4 pm.

Location: Stratford Ecological Center  3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015

Agenda:

8:00 – 9:00 – Doors open for registration, coffee, and networking session

9:00 – 9:10 – Welcome and Introduction -David Hoy, Stratford Ecological Center

9:10– 9:40 – Jeff Kauffman, Del-Co Water Company, “Monitoring the Watershed”

9:40–10:10 – Brad Stanton, City of Delaware,“Delaware Run Restoration Project”

10:10 – 10:25 – Break

10:25 – 10:55 – Harry Kallipollitis, Ohio EPA, “Stormwater and Clean Water Act Mitigation Projects in the Olentangy”

10:55 – 11:40 – State of the Watershed Updates:

Update from Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) by Science Committee Member Laura Fay. FLOW was formed as a non-profit 501(c)3 in August 1997.  FLOW’s mission is to keep the Olentangy River and its tributaries clean and safe for all to enjoy, through public education, volunteer activities,  and coordination with local decision-makers.

Update from the Olentangy Watershed Alliance (OWA). The Olentangy Watershed Alliance (OWA) was formed in April 1999, with a mission to work in partnership with farming, urban and other local communities to understand, appreciate and responsibly use the Olentangy River, its tributaries and watershed. OWA’s vision is to enhance and preserve the water quality, natural integrity, scenic beauty, and recreational value of the Olentangy River watershed in partnership with diverse community interests.

Update from Preservation Parks by Mary VanHaaften. The mission of Preservation Parks of Delaware County is
to protect and conserve the natural and historic features of Delaware County and to inspire outdoor exploration and learning.

11:40 – 12:10- Scott Sanders, Delaware Regional Planning Commission, “Delaware County Development Outlook” aka Projections for 2050.

12:10 – 1:00 – Lunch and Networking

1:00 – 4:00 Field Trip- Canoeing on the Scenic Olentangy River with Heather Doherty of ODNR Scenic Rivers Program.

Please indicate if you want to canoe when you register. The field trip will be weather dependent.

The Olentangy Watershed Forum is presented by the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW), the Olentangy Watershed Alliance (OWA), Delco Water Company, the City of Delaware and Preservation Parks of Delaware County.