by Ellie Nowels | Sep 27, 2022 | News, Volunteers, Water Resources
DEADLINE EXTENDED! FLOW is seeking Central Ohio artists to turn storm drains into public art!
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
FLOW is excited to use public art as a tool for storm drain education. We hope to connect the local businesses, residents and general public to more education on storm drains. We want the art to help explain that what goes down the storm drains exits directly into the Olentangy River.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Artists need to be 18 years old or have parental permission. Artists must demonstrate in their application that they have the ability to complete the project.
Round One: Artists submit an application and photos showing 5 different example(s) of current artwork. Deadline: midnight, October 30, 2022.
Thirty (30) artists will be selected and asked to submit artwork specifically for the storm drain.
Round Two: Artists chosen in Round One submit their storm drain design. Deadline for submission: TBD. Artists are paid $50 for their design.
Round Three – final artists’ selection: Twenty (20) artists will be selected and will receive $250 for painting their storm drain mural on a designated storm drain.
Artists will paint their final design in the spring of 2023, date(s) to be determined.
A panel of community members from FLOW, the University District Organization and the Short North Alliance will select the finalists at each stage.
WHERE WILL THE ART GO?
All artists will be assigned a specific storm drain. Photo, location and storm drain dimensions will be given to artists. Storm drains are in high traffic areas along High Street between the Short North and North Campus area. Each storm drain will be marked so artists do not exceed the storm drain art boundaries. FLOW will have an art storm drain tour on their website as well as create publicity so residents can experience the different artwork and get more information about individual artists.
WHAT SUPPORT WILL BE GIVEN TO THE ARTISTS?
FLOW volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide support during the whole process. All artists will need to sign a waiver for the painting event. Traffic cones and safety vests will be provided. Artists are allowed to bring an assistant on the day of painting.
By participating, artists are giving FLOW permission to use pictures of the chosen artist’s artwork on social media, FLOW’s website, the project report and any other outlets.
The storm drain areas will be power washed before painting day. Pain and mixing containers will be provided. Artists will need to bring their own paint brushes and any additional supplies they want. Once done the art will be sealed and an anti-graffiti coat applied.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
FLOW is committed to creating and promoting an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture across in their selection process.
DESIGNING YOUR ARTWORK:
Our theme this year is:
The Olentangy River starts here! Only rain down the drain!
Artwork should connect the public to the Olentangy River. You may be surprised to know that the storm drain empties directly into the Olentangy River and we are trying to bring attention to the fact that what goes down the drain goes to the river.
STORM DRAIN DESIGNS MUST ALSO ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
- The physical storm drain must be incorporated into the painting.
- The artwork must contain no business logos, brands, trademarks or illegal activities depicted.
- All artwork must be public friendly.
ROUND 1 CHECKLIST:
- Download and fill out this application and submit it with 5 different examples of current work to
email@example.com by midnight, October 30, 2022. FLOW will notify the 30 selected artists of their acceptance to Round 2 by October 21
Photo of storm drain with fish art: City of Dayton Department of Water / Art: Laura and Michael Huff.
by Ellie Nowels | Jun 17, 2022 | News, Water Resources
Help be part of the solution to stormwater pollution! By taking the online course or attending an in-person (free) 90 minute workshop on June 28th at 6:30 – 8:00 PM at Whetstone Library, you can get a rebate for purchasing a rain barrel, compost bin or native plants. Learn more about how what we do in our yards affects clean water and participate in the rebate program at CommunityBackyards.org. The class is a program of Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District.
Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whetstone Branch, 3909 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
The class will also be held Wed., June 22 at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43215
Video to learn more:
by Ellie Nowels | Jun 10, 2022 | News, Water Resources
Looking for a way to support the butterflies and other pollinators in your yard? Here’s your chance!
FLOW has teamed up with Riverside Native Perennials for our 2nd annual Milkweed Mania fundraiser. At just $12 per pot, you can choose from 6 different species of milkweed including Sullivant’s, Whorled, Butterfly, Poke, Swamp, and Common.
Ready to order? Orders can be placed online now for pickup on July 16th from 12PM-3PM at Sawmill Wetlands Education Area.
*Note: Orders must be picked up on July 16th from 12PM-3PM. Any orders not picked up will be donated to a local greenspace area*
by Ellie Nowels | Jun 9, 2022 | News, Water Resources
Cory Richmond is being acknowledged as a FLOW Super Star volunteer. He has donated his time and talents to many FLOW projects for years! Cory and his chain saw skills were essential in 2018-19 for clearing dense honeysuckle stands on Kempton Run west of Linworth Rd. In addition, unlike some other chainsaw operators, his expertise in differentiating valuable trees and shrubs from non-native invasive ones was extremely important!
Most recently, Cory has again helped clearing invasive plants at Kempton Run, this time between Linworth and Olentangy River Rd. Last fall he worked at the Indian Hills pool parking lot area, and this spring at the Northwest Church of the Nazarene, helping clear the area for a successful Earth Day tree planting event.
Cory has also assisted in removing honeysuckle and other unwanted vegetation at the Sawmill Wetlands restoration sites , along with clearing out dead trees. He’s also helped out in multiple ways at the Worthington Tree Nursery, including helping install the new irrigation system. Cory is always cheerful and upbeat. He says cutting honeysuckle on a Saturday morning is a good release from his daily work at AquaDoc! And his football training has helped him drag honeysuckle branches tied up with grapevine out of the cutting area! FLOW depends on talented and passionate volunteers like Cory to accomplish the many habitat restoration projects in our watershed! Thanks again, Cory!
by flowadmin | Feb 5, 2022 | News, Water Resources
The relocation of Cannon Drive is a project developed by the Ohio State University that aims to straighten and elevate Canon Drive to support future growth by creating 12 acres of developable land and serve as future flood protection for the surrounding area. Phase I occurred south of Herrick Bridge to King Avenue and increased the safety of the hospital area from 500 year elevation floods. Phase II is proposed to occur from Herrick Rd north to Lane Avenue. Further potential for future phases have been assessed all the way to Dodridge Rd. in order to increase entry and departure from campus.
This StoryMap is part of Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources Spring 2021 Senior Capstone project. The project was undertaken in collaboration with FLOW (Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed) to inform the organization and the public on various aspects of the Cannon Drive Relocation project. In the following StoryMap, we will discuss how the soil, river, and aquatic organisms that currently reside in the area will be impacted by the proposed construction plans and how to best mitigate negative impacts. We also analyze the potential for this site to facilitate recreation and educational opportunities to students and citizens alike.
by flowadmin | Oct 25, 2021 | Backyard Conservation, News, Water Resources
Issue 7 would divert 87 million in taxpayer dollars from the city into the pockets of a corporation whose interests are self-serving. Pro Energy Ohio, LLC, the group bringing Issue 7, has pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and they have no business mishandling the city’s money. While ‘green-washed’ language of Issue 7 sounds good, Pro Energy Ohio, LLC has not presented a plan on how the funds would be used, and they seek to operate without transparency or oversight. Issue 7 detracts from legitimate efforts to secure clean energy in Ohio. VOTE NO!
For more info, see The Columbus Dispatch’s editorial on issue 7.