EPA water quality assessments are based on the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the river. There is excessive pathogen loading and the river is also threatened by nutrient loading and habitat degradation. Further, there is rapidly changing land cover that has altered the hydrology. FLOW recommends overcoming the prevailing situation in this section of the river by establishing action partners to help restoration of channel, floodplane and vegetation cover. Flow also lays stress on involvement of Government and Land policy for the preservation and restoration of human health and riparian habitat.
Unnamed tributary of the Olentangy at River Mile 23.46. Photo by David Burke.