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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Do communities in your watershed have sustainability plans? Have you wondered what sustainability is all about and how it may relate to watershed planning? This webinar will address the fundementals of sustainability planning and highlight sustainability planning efforts in Ohio and the City of Chicago. Presenters:
  • Speaker: Scott Fletcher, Deputy Chief for Region Services for the Ohio State Parks
  • This presentation was recorded during the 2009 Ohio Watershed Academy. Dan Mecklenberg, Ecological Engineer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Soil and Water Resources explains the basic concepts of stream morphology (short for geomorphology), how it relates to stream services, and why stream morphology should be considered a critical component of any watershed action plan.  
  • The presentation on this page is from December 6, 2011. It was a repeat of a presentation from October 19, 2011. View October 19, 2011 presentation.
  • Speaker: Merritt Frey, River Network The Clean Water Act underlies much of the work we tackle in watershed planning. This session will provide a basic introduction to the core Act programs your work is likely to involve: water quality standards, Total Maximum Daily Loads, the 319 nonpoint source program, point source discharge permitting, and wetlands/stream alteration permitting. You'll leave this hour session with a better understanding of the goals and structure of the Act, an introduction to each of these five core programs, and information about where to learn more.
  • Presenter: Merritt Frey is River Network's Habitat Program Director, and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Merritt brings fifteen years of Clean Water Act experience on the federal and state levels to her position, with a focus on water quality standards, 401 water quality certification, pollution control permits, habitat restoration, drinking source water protection, and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).
  • Nutrient runoff from agricultural watersheds presents a challenge for watershed managers as well as farmers. In this webinar you will learn how the risk of phosphorus moving into water is assesed in Ohio. The strengths, limitations and plans for validation/revison of Ohio P management tools.
  • This webinar provides an overview of the stream system and the ecosystem services it can provide as well as implementation strategies.
  • The presentation on this page is from October 19, 2011. There was a repeat presentation on December 6, 2011. View December 6, 2011 presentation.
  • This webinar was recorded as part of the 2010 Ohio Watershed Academy. Dr. Tomas Koontz is Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. Dr. Koontz summarizes recent research findings on the challenges and outcomes of collaborative approaches to watershed management.  
  • This webinar was offered in November of 2010 as part of the webinar series "Research to Practice: Addressing Non-Point Source Pollution in Ohio". Ken Genskow (University of Wisconsin Extension) introduces social indicators as a tool for improving and evaluating education and outreach programs. Joe Bonnell (OSU Extension) shares results from case studies applying social indicators to increasing farmer adoption of conservation practices.
  • This webinar was offered in December of 2010, the second in the series "Research to Practice: Addressing Non-Point Source Pollution in Ohio". Robyn Wilson (OSU) explains how mental models research was used to understand how streamside landowners and students' understanding of streams and watersheds differs from experts' understanding.  Anne Baird (OSU Extension) describes research results identifying factors that are most influential on streamside landowner decision-making and reviews implications for education programs.
  • Jack Wilbur is a social marketing and marketing research specialist with more than 20 years of experience working as a public information specialist and social marketing consultant. In his work with the State of Utah and the Environmental Protection Agency, Jack has brought his social marketing message to watershed committees throughout the country. For this webinar, Mr. Wilbur will review the basic principles of social marketing and how it has been applied successfully in agricultural watersheds.
  • This webinar was offered in February of 2011 as part of the webinar series "Research to Practice: Addressing Non-Point Source Pollution in Ohio". Bill Lynch explains how land use practices lead to algae blooms in lake environments. Jim Hoorman will review the latest research on cover crops and how they may help reduce nutrient losses from agricultural lands while improving soil quality.