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Northern Olentangy Watershed Festival
March 4, 2015


Businesses, organizations, and/or individuals will have the opportunity to fund a rain barrel with an installation kit for $29. They will decorate the barrels themselves or can ask for someone else to paint it for them. An extra $5 will be added for businesses who do not wish to paint it themselves (to cover the cost of preparing the barrel).

These barrels will be raffled off at the Northern Olentangy Watershed Festival on June 20th at Mingo Park, in Delaware, Ohio. Proceeds will go to the Olentangy Watershed Alliance to help support the Upper Olentangy River Watershed.

Rain barrels must be ordered prior to April 15th.
Here is the form to sponsor a rain barrel Order form


The 2nd annual Northern Olentangy Watershed Conservation Awards call for nomination is now open. The City of Delaware and the NOW Festival Planning Committee recognize those in the watershed community that exemplify the true spirit of environmental stewardship and preservation in the watershed.

The NOW Conservation Awards are presented to one recipient in each of the three categories: individuals and families, local business and local government agencies living or operating within the Upper Olentangy River Watershed including Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Crawford Counties. The selection of award winners is based on the nominee’s leadership, inspiration of work to others, utilization of innovative strategies and techniques to achieve meaningful results and their ability to foster sustainable growth within the watershed community. 

If you know of an individual, local business, or governmental agency that represents these qualities, please consider filling out the nomination form and returning it to Kristin Piper. Nomination Form 

Nomination forms are due April 30th



Planting Trees to Benefit our Community
November 10, 2014


Saturday was a chilly day, but that did not scare our volunteers away!! A total of 32 volunteers dedicated an hour of their time to plant 39 trees at the Wetlands behind Glenwood Commons in Delaware. The trees included Red Oaks, Basswoods, Hackberries, Pin Oaks, Chinkapin Oaks, Bur Oaks, Swamp White Oaks, and Sycamores. Besides beautifying the area, these trees will also benefit our water and air qualities, and provide shade once mature. 



Tree Planting Event
October 6, 2014


A tree planting event has been scheduled for November 8th at the Wetlands Park behind Glenwood Commons, in the City of Delaware (Ohio). Volunteers at this event will plant trees sponsored by interested individuals/families/groups/organizations. 

There are two sizes of trees to sponsor. All are grown from local seed sources and native to Central Ohio. The 1-3 foot tree costs $15 to sponsor and the 4-6 foot tree costs $30 to sponsor. The order form is attached below and must be received by October 24th. If you or someone you know would like to help benefit our community and sponsor a tree, please contact Kristin Piper at 740-203-1905 or kpiper@delawareohio.net.



Final 2014 River Clean-up
September 29, 2014


A total of 45 people showed up to the Olentangy River clean-up on Saturday, September 27th to donate a few hours of their time and clean trash in/along the river and along the adjacent bike path. About 1000 pounds of trash was removed from these locations. Some things that were disposed of were a few tires, two bicycles, steel beams, two gallons of motor oil (in milk jugs), several glass bottles and aluminum cans, an empty propane tank, a muffler, and articles of clothing.  

THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS THAT WERE ABLE TO DEDICATE SOME OF THEIR TIME TO THIS EVENT!!! This includes College Hunks Hauling Junk of Delaware, Ohio and Cub Scout Pack #192 of Westerville.


Delaware Run Clean-up on OWU campus
September 29, 2014

  

Thursday, September 25th five Ohio Wesleyan University students and two faculty members dedicated a little over an hour of their time to clean trash from Delaware Run, between Sandusky Street and Henry Street. Approximately 500 pounds of trash was removed from the Delaware Run by the volunteers. The trash items that were taken away included cell phones, a bicycle, several pipes, plywood, a watch, a car battery, a full can of paint, a hair dryer, and even a sink. 

THANK YOU TO THE VOLUNTEERS THAT WERE ABLE TO HELP WITH THIS PROJECT!!


11th annual Olentangy Forum
September 16, 2014

On October 16th at Del-Co Water Company, watershed and local professionals in the Olentangy Watershed will hold the 11th annual Olentangy Forum. This forum is FREE to the public and all are welcome to attend. Registration will begin at 8:00 am and presentations will begin at 9:00 am. Speakers are scheduled through 1:00 pm. The speakers for the forum include:
       Tom Curtin - presenting on Preservation Parks' initiatives in the Olentangy Watershed
       John O'Meara - updating the public about Columbus MetroParks' Olentangy Trail Expansion
       Ben O'Dell - speaking about the US Army Corps of Engineers' Delaware Dam Issues and Operations
There will also be updates from Olentangy Watershed Alliance, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, Del-Co Water Company, and Preservation Parks. 

Immediately following the presentations, lunch will be provided by Dan's Deli. Registered participants will be able to choose to tour the Olentangy Indian Caverns or canoe float down the Olentangy River. Registration is required due to limited seating but walk-ins will be welcomed if space is available. Pre-registration can be completed prior to Monday, October 13th by contacting Erin Thomas at ethomas@delcowater.com or 740-548-7746 ext. 2221. 


First 2014 River Clean-up Event was a Success!
August 27, 2014


Saturday, August 23rd was a beautiful day for a river clean-up. Volunteers met in downtown Delaware to donate a few hours of their time to clean up trash in the river. A total of three bikes, a few hub caps, several pieces of plywood, many bags of glass and plastic, and other random items were removed from the river between Winter Street and Williams Street bridges (only about a quarter mile). It is estimated that roughly 700 lbs of trash was gathered by the volunteers on Saturday. 

The next river clean-up will be on September 27th from 9-11am between the Winter Street and Central Avenue bridges. If you are interested in donating a few hours of your Saturday, please contact Kristin Piper at kpiper@delawareohio.net. A light breakfast/snack, water and drawstring backpack will be provided for volunteers that register prior to September 19th.

For those interested in attending, please remember to wear appropriate attire to the clean-ups. This includes close-toed shoes to prevent injuring your feet on possible glass or metal debris in the river and clothing that you do not mind getting dirty. Also, there is poison ivy along the banks of the river so long pants may be desired but will probably get wet due to narrow banks at certain points.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS THAT WERE ABLE TO DEDICATE SOME OF THEIR TIME TO THIS EVENT!!! This includes Del-Co Water Company and Boy Scout Troop #249 of Delaware.


Two River Clean-ups in Delaware
August 6, 2014


Two river clean-up events have been scheduled for the next few months: August 23rd, from 9-11am, in the river from Winter Street to William Street bridges (meet in the old gas/service station parking lot next to the Eagles lodge on Williams Street). September 27th,  9-11am, in the river from Central Ave. to Winter Street bridges (meet in the old gas station parking lot next to the Eagles lodge on Williams Street). The rain date will be the Saturday following the clean-up date, August 30th and October 4th.

A light breakfast/snack, water and drawstring backpack will be provided for volunteers that register in advance. The deadline for registration is August 15th  for the August 23rd clean-up and September 19th for the September 27th clean-up. To register, please contact Kristin Piper at kpiper@delawareohio.net with the name of responsible adult for the group/family, number of adults and children per group/family, and contact information.

For those interested in attending, please remember to wear appropriate attire to the clean-ups. This includes close-toed shoes to prevent injuring your feet on possible glass or metal debris in the river and clothing that you do not mind getting dirty. Also, there is poison ivy along the banks of the river so long pants may be desired but will probably get wet due to narrow banks at certain points.


Northern Olentangy Watershed Festival
July 29, 2014


The first annual Northern Olentangy Watershed Festival was held on June 21st at Mingo Park in Delaware. The festival was funded by the Ohio EPA and the City of Delaware to help educate the public on best storm water practices in their everyday lives. Several partnering agencies and local volunteers assisted with the festival, making it a great success. The partnering organizations included OWA, City of Delaware, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, Delaware County Health District's Keep Delaware County Beautiful, EcoCenter in Morrow County, River Network, Marion County Red Cross, Army Corps of Engineers, Urban Wild, Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District, ODNR - Division of Watercraft, ODNR - Division of Wildlife, Delaware Shade Tree Commission, DelCo Water Company, Sustainable Delaware, Izaak Walton League, Friends of the Lower Olentangy, and the Sierra Club. 

Several activities kept the community members busy as they learned about how water can filter pollutants out of the water, how long trash can stay in a landfill, what is in your drinking water, the scenic river's program, water safety, participated in a rain barrel raffle, helped install a rain garden, and the various other activities. It is estimated that 350-400 members of the community came to enjoy this festival.