New Course: Sustainability Plan Practicum: Spring 2014

Dr. John Krygier, Director of Environmental Studies and Professor of Geography, is offering a practicum (Geography 499) focused on researching and creating a draft Sustainability Plan for Ohio Wesleyan University during the Spring semester, 2015.

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Dr. John Krygier, Director of Environmental Studies and Professor of Geography, is offering a practicum (Geography 499) focused on researching and creating a draft Sustainability Plan for Ohio Wesleyan University during the Spring semester, 2015.

Students will be working with faculty and staff on the Sustainability Task Force (STF) as well as using professional and academic sources to create the draft plan.

Rock Jones has expressed interest in having OWU sign the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. This Commitment involves many of the issues that would be included in a sustainability plan for campus.

The course is scheduled for Tu/Th 10-11:50 but will leave open the option to arrange a different meeting time, depending on who takes the course.

For more information, contact Dr. Krygier.

11th Annual Olentangy Watershed Forum 2014: Protecting and Restoring our Water Resources

For the past 11 years, the Olentangy Watershed Forum has connected citizens and experts who wish to explore issues that impact the quality of life in the watershed.

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Removal of low-head dams on Olentangy River, near Delaware (2011). Source.

11th Annual Olentangy Watershed Forum 2014: Protecting and Restoring our Water Resources

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For the past 11 years, the Olentangy Watershed Forum has connected citizens and experts who wish to explore issues that impact the quality of life in the watershed.This year’s agenda is filled with professionals who will speak on topics pertaining to the protection and restoration on the Olentangy Watershed. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Tom Curtin: Preservation Parks’ Initiatives in the Olentangy Watershed
  • John O’Meara: MetroParks’ Olentangy Trail Expansion
  • Ben O’Dell: USACE’s Delaware Dam Management Issues

Plus reports from the Olentangy Watershed Coordinators, Del-Co Water and Preservation Parks.
After a networking lunch, you can go on a canoe tour of the scenic Olentangy River or take a tour of the Olentangy Caverns.

This forum is for local residents, water resource professionals, township officials, landowners, and farmers who want to learn about water quality issues in the Olentangy Watershed and what effective planning strategies can be employed.

When: Thursday, October 16th, 2014 from 9:00 am – 3:10 pm. Doors open at 8:00 am. Where: Del-Co Water, 6658 Olentangy River Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015

Come and get an update on all the initiatives in the Olentangy River. Why is this important? The river serves as our drinking water supply, provides recreational relief from the urban environment and is an essential link for wildlife survival. The more you know, the more you can help protect the Olentangy.

Forum Specifics: There is no cost to attend the Forum thanks to our event sponsors. However, registration is required and seating is limited. Walk-ins will be accommodated if space is available. Lunch will be provided.

Registration: Pre-registration requested by Monday, October 13th. For more information or to register, please contact Erin Thomas at ethomas@delcowater.com or 740-548-7746 ext 2221

Press Contact: Laura Fay
Secretary, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed
614-580-2656

First Delaware Watershed Festival

The first annual Watershed Festival was held at Mingo Park (in Delaware, Ohio) on June 21, 2014.

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The first annual Watershed Festival was held at Mingo Park (in Delaware, Ohio) on June 21, 2014.

Festival “booths will be on sediment control, rain garden demonstrations, we’ll have volunteers taking groups down to the Olentangy River, discussing water quality aspects of the Olentangy and the benefits it provides the City of Delaware.”

For more details click on the link below :

http://delgazette.com/news/home_top-news/3330873/City-to-hold-first-Watershed-Festival

 

Preservation Parks in Delaware County, Ohio

Preservation Parks in Delaware County, Ohio, consists of ten ecologically significant parks, all open to the public.

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Preservation Parks in Delaware County, Ohio, consists of ten ecologically significant parks, all open to the public.

“Our goals are to preserve green space in our rapidly developing county and to provide environmental education to its residents. Because parks add value to our quality of life, Preservation Parks is committed to continuing to acquire and develop additional areas which can enrich the lives and provide clean, safe places for recreation and relaxation for all members of our community.” (source)

More information at: http://www.preservationparks.com/

Wetlands in the Delaware, Ohio Area

Delaware County, Ohio has many ecologically important wetlands, some with ongoing OWU research projects.

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Delaware County, Ohio has many ecologically important wetlands, some with ongoing OWU research projects. Local wetlands include those behind Glenwood Commons, the Kensington Park Rain Gardens, the Bio-Swale at Stratford Woods and the Wetland Retention Pond at Delaware Community Center YMCA.

More information on Delaware area wetlands here.