FLOW’s Stance on Issue 1

During the October Board meeting of The Friends of the Olentangy Watershed, the Board members discussed our support of the City of Columbus Community Choice Aggregation placed on the  November ballot as Issue 1.

Aggregation initiatives like this have passed in more than 400 communities in Ohio, including Cleveland and Cincinnati.  If this amendment passes, Columbus would become the largest city in the Midwest to group citizen buying power for local clean energy, reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 1.2 million metric tons , a 19 percent reduction for the city. 

Issue 1 would allow city leaders to contract for competitively priced electricity for its residents.  This electricity would be clean electricity and would be available to those who choose to opt in.  Voting for Issue 1 does not require the city residents to use the clean electricity, but gives the option for the city to purchase clean electricity in large quantities for those who do choose to opt in to the program.

We feel voting for Issue 1 would provide an opportunity for the City of Columbus to continue to move forward in allowing its residence to choose to maintain and increase the environmental health of our community, ultimately supporting the environmental health of our watershed.  

For more information, please call: 866-856-5654 or contact the City of Columbus directly at CleanEnergyCCA@columbus.gov.

 

FLOW Autumn 2020 Volunteer: Lindalee Brownstein

Lindalee has been a FLOW volunteer since 2011. She has served on the board, has volunteered for several projects and has been the newsletter editor for the past 5 years. Linda Lee is also the Arbor Chairman for Old Beechwold, which has a ravine, creek, and woodlands and is a master gardener with a special interest in native plants and woodlands.
Lindalee has a lifelong interest in nature, something learned from her father. As a child, her best toy was the creek behind her house.
Lindalee also volunteers for Gethsemane Lutheran Church helping the elderly and families in need.
We so appreciate all the work Lindalee has done with FLOW and the watershed.

May Volunteer of the Month: Joe Bevan

Our volunteer for the month of May is Joe Bevan!

Joe started volunteering with FLOW senior year of high school in the Water Quality Monitoring Program.  He has continued to volunteer with FLOW on many different projects throughout the years. Joe was critical in assisting FLOW with creating the Lower Olentangy Greenspace Plan.

Joe says he volunteers with FLOW for the trees and for the bugs and especially for the people.  If you have had the honor of volunteering with Joe, you know his drive to complete a task, as well as his sense of humor, keeps one motivated when planting hundreds of trees in one morning!

Joe has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University and works at AEP as a GIS Specialist.  

FLOW could not accomplish all we do without great volunteers like Joe! 

Quart-sized Planting Pot Round-up!

Planting for Mother’s Day….or later in the week????    Please save your quart-sized (3-4 inch) pots for us!!!!

We will collect next Sunday, May 17 from 2-4 in the alley behind the FLOW office (3528 N. High St). Please come to the alley out back and stay in your car. We will have a table set up so you can just drive up, drop off, and keep going!

Thank you so very much for supporting us!

FLOW Events Canceled through April 9th

Dear FLOW Volunteers and Members,

Due to the recommendations of the Governor and and the CDC we will be canceling or rescheduling all upcoming events through April 9th. We will re-assess at that time for later events. Please stay tuned for updates and in the meantime stay safe and healthy!

March Volunteer of the Month: Paul Miller

Paul Miller is our volunteer of the month for March!

Paul has been a consistent volunteer with FLOW  for over a year and is known as our “Chainsaw Guy”. Paul is chainsaw certified and has been integral in our honeysuckle and invasive species removal throughout the Olentangy Watershed.

In addition to his chainsaw skills, Paul has participated in river clean ups, tree plantings and is an active member on FLOW’s Science and Zoning Committee while also assisting with fundraising for our April Earth Day events. 

Paul enjoys volunteering with FLOW in order to get outdoor exercise while doing good for the community and the world. He states he has met some great like minded people and finds the work uplifting and encouraging. 

Paul is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in architecture from the department of engineering. He is currently the lead Architect working with the Worthington Schools revitalization project at Schorr Architects. 

Paul enjoys bee keeping, kayaking, hiking, biking and working outside and is also active in the Worthington community with other organizations.

FLOW couldn’t accomplish  all that we do without great volunteers like Paul. Thanks for your passion and dedication!

February Volunteer of the Month: Monica Backs

Monica Backs is our volunteer of the month for February!

Monica got involved with FLOW during a FLOW sponsored capstone project at OSU!  She is the lead for our Carmack Woods restoration. Carmack Woods is a forested wetland located between Carmack Lots 5 and 6 on Ohio State’s west campus. This area was considered for a parking lot expansion and with Monica’s lead it is a thriving green space! 

Monica is an OSU graduate and works full-time as a water resources engineer (FE) at MS Consultants. Outside of work she loves to watch true crime, go running, and volunteer with FLOW. Monica’s favorite FLOW events are tree plantings because she loves playing in the dirt.

Thank you Monica for your passion and dedication to The Olentangy watershed. FLOW couldn’t accomplish what we do without volunteers like you!

 

January Volunteer of the Month: Alex Roller-Knapp

ALEX ROLLER-KNAPP

Alex Roller-Knapp is our January Volunteer of the month! Alex is an avid volunteer with FLOW, spearheading our Macrofest and Earth Day River clean ups. He volunteers with FLOW because he finds it “very rewarding to see water quality improvements made as a result of volunteering  his time, particularly how much plastic we remove from the river banks at the Confluence (referring to the junction of the Olentangy and Scioto Rivers) every spring during Earth Day.” He credits other “great volunteers” who play a critical role in making these events successful.

Alex loves extreme sports like whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, and snowboarding. Anything outdoors is always an adventure for him. 

Alex has a degree in Environmental Health and Safety and is an EPA Level 3 Qualified Data Collector (QDC) for benthic macroinvertebrates.  He has worked for 11 years at Midwest Biodiversity Institute sampling macroinvertebrates throughout the Midwest. 

Here is a short video of his work in 2018 on the Olentangy   https://youtu.be/eUc1n_m317w

Thank you Alex for all your time, dedication, and expertise you lend to FLOW. We couldn’t accomplish anything without our fantastic volunteers!