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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)Education and Outreach: Heather Robinson, Environmental Crimes
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 6 PM – 7 PM
Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whetstone Branch 3909 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43214
Heather Robinson is the Director of the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Robinson specializes in the prosecution of environmental crimes, including air, water, and land pollution, as well as wildlife trafficking. Over the course of her career she has prosecuted nearly the entire spectrum of criminal activity, from drunk driving to aggravated murder. In addition, Ms. Robinson brings civil suits to enjoin nuisances involving narcotics and prostitution.
Ms. Robinson is also a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, specializing in federal environmental and wildlife crimes prosecution.
Ms. Robinson has conducted numerous trainings for attorneys, law enforcement officers and regulatory personnel, and has instructed at the National Advocacy Center, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and her Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University College of Law.