Nov. 6 webinar – How does road salt impact the river?

FLOW is participating in SALT WATCH – learn what it is and why it’s important

 

Road salt is everywhere during winter months. It keeps us safe on roads and sidewalks, but it can also pose a threat to fish and wildlife as well as human health.

Fish and bugs that live in freshwater streams can’t survive in extra salty water. And many of us (more than 118 million Americans) depend on local streams for drinking water. Water treatment plants are not equipped to filter out the extra salt, so it can end up in your tap water and even corrode your pipes.

Abby Hileman of the Izaak Walton League of America will discuss how they are studying the effects of road salt on our waterways. The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • How Salt Watch began
  • Goals of the program
  • What is road/winter salt
  • Salt impacts on wildlife, drinking water, and infrastructure
  • How to participate in Salt Watch
  • When to monitor
  • What to do next (advocacy actions)
  • Regional or national results

FLOW began monitoring in 2022 and plans to continue this year. We welcome more volunteers so we can obtain a clearer picture of how road salt is impacting our watershed.


 
VIEW THE RECORDING ON OUR FLOW’S TUBE CHANNEL HERE

 

 

Abby HilemanAbby Hileman is the Salt Watch Coordinator at the Izaak Walton League of America. In her role, Abby leads the efforts of the Salt Watch program, expanding the project into new regions across the country, reaching new groups of volunteers, and providing resources to make lasting change—from data to action. Abby grew up in Western Pennsylvania, where she began her journey as a lifelong conservationist. She has a passion for connecting people to their communities and to nature and believes that small scale actions add up to make a big impact on conservation success.

20th Annual Olentangy Forum

Join us for the 20th Annual Olentangy Watershed Forum!
Get ready for a day filled with exciting informative presentations, discussions and networking, all centered around the conservation and preservation of the Olentangy River and its watershed.


Date: Fri Oct 27, 2023

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm with an optional tour of DEL-CO.

Location: 6658 Olentangy River Road, Delaware, OH 43015

Our forum is the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow environmental enthusiasts, professionals, and community members who share a passion for protecting our natural resources.

Throughout the day, you’ll have the chance to listen to expert speakers that explore various topics related to the Olentangy watershed.
 
Whether you’re a seasoned environmentalist or just getting started, this event offers something for everyone. Learn about the latest conservation initiatives, discover ways to get involved, and gain valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities facing our watershed.
 
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to make a positive impact on the Olentangy River and its surrounding ecosystem. Mark your calendars and join us for the 20th Annual Olentangy Watershed Forum!
 
Lunch is provided. Please email info@olentangywatershed.org with any dietary restrictions. We will do our best to accommodate. Please remember to bring your reusable water bottle and coffee mug. Coffee and water will be served.
 
Please register for free at Eventbrite
 

Sept. 18 Webinar – Debra Knapke on Fall Garden Management

FLOW is pleased to present Debra Knapke, The Garden Sage, as our Sept. 18 webinar speaker. Debra is an avid horticulturalist, teacher, author, and eclectic gardener, who shares her extensive knowledge of sustainable gardening with organizations all across the U.S.

As fall approaches it is very tempting to follow the established practices of garden and yard cleanup, but these common practices are not necessarily beneficial for wildlife and sustainability. Debra will share information on rethinking our fall garden cleanup as garden management, with ways we can work with nature instead of against her. She will share some of her favorite resources for those who want to learn more. Be sure to visit her website at http://debrathegardensage.com/

This webinar will not be recorded. Please register at the link. Time is 6:00 – 7:00 pm, EDT, and there will be time for questions.

 

REGISTER NOW

Fall asters

Native asters provide late season nectar for pollinators

 

fall foilage

Fallen leaves are an important resource for next year’s generation of beneficial insects

 

FLOW Fall Fundraiser – Perennials for Pollinators

Support our mission by participating in the FLOW fall fundraiser with Riverside Native Perennials.
Go to their page https://riversidenativeperennials.com/shop/
Order plants 🪴
Make sure to use the code FLOW. FLOW receives 33% of the sales!
You can pick plants up at the nursery or on September 16th from 10am-12pm at the Sawmill Wetlands, 2650 Sawmill Place Boulevard.
🍂 Fall is a great time to add plants to your gardens!
 

 

Native Edible Plant Walk with David Williams – Aug. 5 at Sawmill Wetlands

Native Edible Plant Walk with David Williams

Saturday, August 5, 10:00 – 11:30 am

At Sawmill State Wildlife Education Center (Sawmill Wetlands)

2650 Sawmill Place Blvd Columbus, OH

No need to register! Please wear closed toe shoes.

Join David Williams of FLOW for a walk around Sawmill Wetlands, learning about edible plants found in Ohio, and how to responsively harvest them, and some of their historical significance. If you missed David’s webinar in February, this will be a great way to learn more about the food growing around you!
 
 

Wild nettles are an edible herb rich in vitamins.