Ohio has over 60,000 stream miles and more than 200 groups working actively to restore and protect them. Whether you are a streamside landowner, an environmental professional, or a student, it is the mission of the Streams and Watersheds Outreach program at the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), to help you protect, restore and enhance Ohio streams and watersheds. To stay informed, learn more and interact with others about healthy streams and watersheds visit Ohio Watershed Network.
To help you stay informed about streams and watersheds we offer an ongoing webinar and podcast series that highlights the latest research on protecting streams and watersheds. Our recent topics, which you can download anytime, have included impacts of shale gas drilling on water quality, reducing harmful algal blooms, and managing nutrients in agricultural watersheds. If you want to learn more about Ohio’s streams and watersheds and what you can do to protect them you can access a variety of educational materials or enroll in courses and workshops that we offer. We offer short online courses for watershed professionals looking to improve their skills and knowledge on a variety of topics including watershed management, survey design, and effective communications. We also offer resources and workshops for landowners who want to know more about managing their streamside property including low impact lawn practices and installation of stream buffers using native plantings.
If you want to interact with others in Ohio, you can access a database of over 200 watershed groups and find out who in your community is working to protect streams and watersheds and join a listserv. You can take advantage of this opportunity by visiting Ohio Watershed Network.
Ohio Watershed Academy
The Ohio Watershed Academy (OWA) is a professional development course offered by SENR to increase the knowledge and skills in watershed management to facilitate the development and implementation of community-based watershed action plans. Graduates of the Academy include watershed coordinators and group volunteers, county health department and planning agency staff, and university faculty and students. The course is delivered entirely online and affords you credit hours through SENR.
Ohio Watershed Network Website
The Ohio Watershed Network website provides immediate access to educational information, professional development courses, and the community of professionals and volunteers around Ohio engaged in managing Ohio’s water resources. Find information about water resource news and events, initiate a discussion on a topic of interest, view a webinar, find a watershed group near you, or enroll in an online course.
Visit our website at http://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/
Social Indicators for Nonpoint Pollution
Ohio’s number one source of pollutants to rivers and lakes is nonpoint pollution. Nonpoint Source (NPS) pollutants result from rain runoff and snowmelt which carry soil, manure, and other pollutants off the landscape and into surface waters. The Social Indicators program was developed by a team of researchers and Extension educators to improve efforts aimed at changing landowner and managers’ behaviors to address the NPS pollution issue. The Social Indicators program is a method for assessing attitudes, awareness, and behaviors of target audiences, and applying the resulting data to improve and evaluate the impacts of outreach programs for NPS pollution reduction.
To learn more contact:
Joe Bonnell, Watershed Management Program Director
School of Environment and Natural Resources
The Ohio State University
367B Kottman Hall
2021 Coffey Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210