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Watershed Education

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Big Darby Creek, a National Scenic River due to its outstanding biological diversity, is challenged because of development and agricultural stresses, and located on the western edge of the expanding metropolitan area of Columbus, Ohio. Over the past decade, it has been the subject of relatively advanced and focused local planning and state environmental policies and implementation.

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A conversation with Aaron Rourke, President of the Board of Trustees of Rivers Unlimited about leading collaborative processes and finding shared interests with unexpected partners to protect high quality river ecosystems.

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Filter strips are commonly used on agricultural land to reduce the runoff of sediment and nutrients into streams and ditches. Filter strips are often designed to have the same width all along the edge of the bank of the stream but water running off of agricultural fields is often concentrated, meaning that some areas of the filter strip will be overwhelmed while others will receive very little runoff. AgBufferBuilder uses digital elevation models to identify areas where runoff is likely to concentrate so that the filter strip can be designed accordingly.

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Devin Schenk, Mitigation Program Manager for the Nature Conservancy, presents about TNC's new In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program for streams and wetlands in Ohio. The Nature Conservancy is responsible for the oversight and implementation of mitigation projects. TNC seeks to partner with state and local agencies and non-profit organizations to find the projects that do the most good for the watershed. Click on the image below to access a full recording of the webinar presentation.

 

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Charles Goss, PhD presents his dissertation research on the impacts of forest fragments on macroinvertebrates in headwater streams in agricultural watersheds. Dr. Goss received his PhD in Natural Resources in 2014 from the School of Environment and Natural Resources at OSU and at the time of this webinar recording was a post-doctoral researcher at OSU. In this webinar presentation, Charles shares his research findings, which demonstrate that headwater streams in agricultural areas can recover many ecological functions as they flow through forest patches.

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