What Is a Watershed?
A watershed is an area of land that drains all water to a common basin, stream, river or lake.
Report Potentially Hazardous Spills or Dumping
If you see a potentially hazardous material flowing to a storm sewer, ditch or waterway, immediately call 614-645-STREAM (7873) and the Ohio EPA at 1-800-282-9378.
Our Commitment to Water Quality
Columbus provides a variety of services to protect both surface & drinking water quality. We work with communities upstream to help reduce the impact of agricultural activities. In our own community, we partner with landowners adjacent to our reservoirs and monitor construction sites to limit sedimentation that can impact local waterways. We also protect the quality of life downstream by discharging clean water from our wastewater treatment plants.
If you are interested in protecting our natural resources, get involved in our public education programs. You, your community or school group can participate in stream-bank litter cleanups, invasive plant removal & many other activities that promote awareness & appreciation of our natural waterways.
Storm Drain Marker Program
Summer & fall offer perfect weather for this volunteer opportunity to raise awareness that dumping waste into storm drains contributes to water pollution & endangers wildlife. Decals, adhesive & instruction is provided for volunteers to apply on curbs near storm drain inlets - perfect for individuals or groups.
New Signage at Reservoirs
New signage installed this year at Griggs, O'Shaughnessy & Hoover Reservoirs invites park visitors to learn about the green infrastructure installed there. Columbus is using green infrastructure to improve the quality of storm water entering the reservoirs that supply our drinking water.
Hoover Reservoir Litter Cleanup
Volunteers are encouraged to participate in this annual litter cleanup on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Hoover Reservoir.
Meeting at the shelter house below the dam. Bags, gloves & refreshments provided. Come out for some good "clean" fun!