Water Quality Report Cards for Olentangy River Tributaries

Volunteer Stream Quality Monitors from the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed have sampled 21 locations at 11 Olentangy River tributaries in the past two years.   The sites are sampled for various organisms that could be found in small streams, then assigned a score based on the number of different organisms found. The score is called the Cumulative Index Value (CIV).  The greater the diversity, or number of different types of organisms found, the higher the cumulative index score. The scores for the CIV can range from 1 to 25, where a higher number reflects a higher diversity of organisms and is indicative of better water quality and habitat in the stream.

Below are links to stream quality report cards for several tributaries within the lower Olentangy River watershed. The report cards also identify specific causes of water quality problems in the stream.

Glen Echo Run  (CIV = 7.3)

Slyh Run (CIV = 6.9)

Rush Run  (CIV = 9.5)

Water Conservation and Sustainability

Water Conservation and Sustainability

Public Meeting
Monday, February 11, 2019 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Whetstone Public Library
3909 N. High St. Columbus OH 43214

Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed will host Kent Halloran, from The Ohio State University College of Engineering, to speak on the importance of water conservation. He will provide a variety of strategies and techniques to save water without spending a dime! Topics will include: gardens and xeriscaping, grey water and green roofs.

Kent Halloran serves as a water compliance engineer for OSU, where he researches water, environmental issues, and regulations. He is an instructor and lecturer with OSU’s Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering Department, speaking on topics of water use, sustainability, and pollution prevention. Kent has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from OSU and a Master’s of Engineering in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University.

Kent is also a licensed professional engineer in the states of Ohio & Idaho, and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He has over 30 years’ experience in the design, construction, and rehabilitation of potable water, wastewater, and stormwater facilities.

Please join us for this free public presentation hosted by the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW).

Any questions? Please feel free to contact Matt Wolf at info@olentangywatershed.org. Thank you!

Greenspace Planning for the Lower Olentangy Watershed

 

Greenspace Plan for the Lower Olentangy Watershed

FLOW and our project partners are working to create detailed maps of the greenspace and openspace in our watershed.  Thanks to a Columbus Foundation grant, FLOW’s greenspace project is underway.  We are creating maps that show current greenspace preservation in the Olentangy watershed. This will include conservation easements, parks, areas preserved by private landowners, and other natural spaces that have been specifically set aside for preservation.

The Olentangy River and valley is well recognized locally and beyond for its significance. While notable efforts have occurred over time in preserving it, development continues to diminish its grandness and vitality. The more comprehensive mapping funded by the Columbus Foundation will acknowledge the notable efforts of many to date, as well as indicate possibilities to further the preservation of the stream and valley. Presently there is no one data source that maps all the known natural green spaces.

FLOW’s partner organizations are Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District, City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, Delaware County Regional Planning Commission, Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. They will work with the general public, public jurisdictions, and environmental organizations. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) will be used for mapping known preserved green spaces, as well as lack of preservation connectivity, and potential future linkages.

We Did It! The Bridge to Cranbrook Elementary

Together we raised $7800 to build a bridge to Cranbrook Elementary in partnership with The Columbus Foundation. These funds combined with the funds that were already raised will be enough to build the bridge.

Thank you to all of our generous donors for supporting this project. It means so much to the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) and the Cranbrook Community. Now we can get ready to break ground on the pedestrian bridge over Slyh Run, reconnecting the surrounding neighborhood to Cranbrook Elementary School and a 10-acre outdoor classroom of restored woods and prairie. We will be providing more information about the project as the plans start coming together!

We are better together!

Nature’s Gliders: Flying Squirrels

Flying Squirrel in flight to bird feeder.

Flying to bird feeder. Photo courtesy of Gregory Turner, USDA

Nature’s Gliders: Flying Squirrels

Free Public Meeting May 7 at 7 p.m.
Please note new location:
Columbus Metropolitan Library – Northside Branch, 1423 N. High Street, Columbus, OH
Please join us for this free public presentation and discussion.
OSU Extension Wildlife Program Specialist Marne A. Titchenell will introduce us to the life and habitat of the flying squirrel and other Ohio squirrels. Attendees will learn how to attract flying squirrels to their backyards, as well as tips and plans for constructing and mounting flying squirrel nest boxes.

Sponsored by Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed

 

Attracting Wildlife to Your Property

Attracting Wildlife

Emilee R. Hardesty, Private Lands Biologist with Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife, discussed changes you can make to attract pollinators to your yard spoke at the March 2017 FLOW public meeting. Many pollinators are in decline, but there are simple things you can do at home to make your yard a friendly place for pollinators. Slides from her presentation are at the link above.

Where and How to Fish the Olentangy River

Fishing the Olentangy Slides

Central Ohio native Michael Merz has been fishing since he was 8 years old. His mantra is “Think globally, fish locally!” A former officer of Ohio Smallmouth Alliance, Michael is a Wastewater Pretreatment Specialist for Columbus, where he performs Ohio EPA Stormwater and Wastewater compliance inspections within the city.
On April 2 Michael discussed where, how and why everyone in Columbus should fish the lower Olentangy River. The link above shows the slides Michael used. The topics include locating fish, “gradient controls”, dam removal projects and habitat improvement efforts, available species and distribution, inexpensive tackle setups and fishing from canoes/kayaks.

Better Together: A Bridge to Cranbrook Elementary

                                        

We’re Almost There! 

In the next 4 weeks we are hoping to fund this year long project to connect a community! Your gift will install a 52-foot-long fiberglass pedestrian bridge over Slyh Run, reconnecting the surrounding neighborhood to Cranbrook Elementary School and a 10-acre outdoor classroom of restored woods and prairie. Teachers, students, and families are ready to utilize the woods, stream, and prairie for their outdoor education laboratory and as a safe route to school. Gifts and grants to this project have already raised $35,000 toward a $43,000 goal! Help us close the gap and build a bridge to Cranbrook Elementary! Click here to donate now or text B11442 to 614-230-0347 to link directly to Columbus Foundation’s giving platform!