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. One of the most evident threats has been development and stormwater runoff. Recognizing that site-by-site approaches might be not be effective, a watershed-wide effort was worked out, resulting in a combination of more advanced protections from Ohio EPA. Also in 2006, local jurisdictions established mechanisms to implement the plan, the Big Darby Accord, which remains in effect. In this webinar, recorded on June 29, 2016, Anthony Sasson of The Nature Conservancy in Ohio shares evidence that helps answer the question, 'Have efforts to protect aquatic diversity in Big Darby Creek been effective?'
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