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Olentangy River Sweep

Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)


Support for Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) will help keep the Olentangy Watershed healthy through river cleanups.

RAISED $1,600.00
GOAL $5,000.00

Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) is dedicated to keeping the Olentangy River and its tributaries clean and safe for all to enjoy. In 2019, FLOW hosted 104 service events and educational programs, including tree plantings, river cleanups, rain and pollinator garden installations, and monthly public lectures.


River cleanup events are educational opportunities for residents to learn about the dangers of littering and the benefits of reducing, reusing, and recycling. During COVID-19, many activities were put on hold. Olentangy Watershed's biggest need right now is picking up litter to prevent it from getting into the tributaries and river. FLOW aims to hold over 60 individual cleanup events in the next year, and it needs your help!

“COVID has had some unintended victims, and the Olentangy Watershed is one of them. The prohibition in being able to hold large events has restricted FLOW to holding small litter cleanups, and we have not been able to be as effective in keeping up with human, wind, and storm sewer litter. The trash has built up over the last year and we need help financially to catch up to keep the Olentangy clean.” 


Laura Fay, FLOW Science Committee Chairwoman

Through your generosity, donations towards this Better Together project will provide support and supplies to clean up the Olentangy Watershed. $75-85 will cover expenses for one river cleanup event, and community members are welcome to join in the volunteer events throughout the year. Together, we can help keep the Olentangy Watershed healthy. 


We are Better Together!

"I have supported the Friends of Lower Olentangy for years. Every month, every dollar, with satisfaction and pride, knowing they were doing Columbus’s best work. When you can watch trees grow. When you can cross a bridge and watch your river. Does it get any better than that?" 


Michael Kohr, FLOW Member and Donor



Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed FLOW


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.

Better Together projects are time-sensitive opportunities to improve our community, together. Whether this campaign falls short or exceeds its goal, all donations will help fund this project.