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Photo courtesy of Rob Core

About FLOW

GreenSpot Conversations: Health of the Olentangy River

A conversation with Laura Fay and Jim Palus


FLOW – our story, as told by M.O.R.P.C.

FLOW’s Board of Directors:

FLOW is governed by a Board of Directors that operates according to FLOW’s by-laws and makes decisions based on majority vote, although consensus is sought.

The Board of Directors consists of 9 dedicated members who volunteer their time and resources to ensure the success of the organization. Board members are elected by FLOW’s dues-paying members (at the annual meeting) and serve 3-year terms. Board terms are staggered so that one-third of the Board, or 3 Board seats are open for election every year. Board members meet on a bi-monthly basis to provide organizational direction to FLOW staff.

FLOW invites those who are interested in taking an active decision-making role in the organization to apply for Board nomination. Contact us for more information on application procedures and deadlines.

Chair – Kelly Thiel
Monica Backs
Kathy Bruns
Arum Majumdar
Ellie Nowels
Jim Palus
Cory Richmond
Christopher Shirring
Madison Wisniewski 

1404 Goodale Boulevard, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43212
Voice: 614-267-3386


A History of FLOW

FLOW (Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed) was formed as a non-profit 501c3 in August 1997. Our mission is to keep the Olentangy River and its tributaries clean and safe for all to enjoy, through public education, volunteer activities, and coordination with local decision-makers.

View of the Olentangy River north of Henderson
© George C. Anderson

As FLOW changes to meet the environmental and social challenges of the 21st century, we are excited about the possibilities for action that lie ahead. The opportunities for communication that exist today are unprecedented and filled with potential. FLOW aims to use these to reach a larger audience, in order to instill a common regard for the resources on which we all depend.


EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED – video tells FLOW’s story

Thanks to a very generous gift from one of our supporters, FLOW would like to share this video of the Olentangy Watershed and what we can accomplish if we all work together to improve our greenspaces. There is a lot of pressure on our waterways but we can combat impacts if we work in the spaces we control to reduce our 40% turf grass, remove invasive species, plant native herbaceous and woody species and clean up litter. To learn more about what you can do, please see our Greenspace Implementation report.