Stoneybrook UM Church Looks to
FOBWC for Environmental Input
Stoneybrook United Methodist Church members met with
FOBWC members and other interested parties in late September to tour
the Church's newly acquired property. The former Fraternal Order of
Police property at 409 East Johnstown Rd is located on McKenna Run
and Big Walnut Creek. With 10.5 acres of land and a silted pond and
aging concrete faced dam the Church is looking for ways to enhance
the waters entering the Big Walnut Creek and decrease the overall
stormwater volume from the paved parking areas.
The FOBWC 2014 Newsletter is
now here for you to read ...
Did you know that Franklin County has the
most registered kayaks and canoes in Ohio. Read where everyone is
paddling and rowing and how MORPC is promoting this growing
Seminal Big Walnut Creek mussel
survey report is now complete ...
A report on a mussel survey of Big Walnut Creek form
Hoover Dam to its mouth, Franklin and Pickaway counties , Ohio by
National expert Michael A. Hoggarth and Michael D. Grumney,
Department of Biology and Earth Science at Otterbein University in
Westerville, Ohio was submitted and made available to the Friends of
Big Walnut Creek who helped fund the venture.
The report reads, "Big Walnut Creek in central Ohio
once supported a mussel fauna of 40 species, but no systematic study
of the mussels of the creek has been done ..."
What surprises did Dr. Hoggath and his team find?
Were endangered mussels found in the Creek? What mysterious event
caused the mass death of so many mussels many years ago and have
those mussels returned? If you want the answers then read this
informative, detailed and entertaining report.
Mussel Report ...
Welcome to the Friends of Big Walnut Creek and Rocky Fork and
Blacklick Tributaries website.
The Watersheds served are from below Hoover Dam to the Scioto River Confluence. We hope
you share our enthusiasm for these natural wonders right in our own
The mission of the Friends of Big
Walnut Creek is to protect and restore Big Walnut Creek and Rocky
Fork and Blacklick Tributaries for the mutual benefit of the human
and natural communities and to enhance stewardship within the
watershed through education, collaboration, monitoring. and
community clean-up efforts.
Rocky Fork Metro Park Update
by Steve Studenmund,
Strategic Planning & Land Acquisition for Metro Parks of
Thanks' to the efforts of
the City of Columbus, City of New Albany and
Plain Township, Metro Parks entered into a
partnership with all three to develop a new
park in Plain Township in 2008. Since that
time 650 acres have been acquired in
northeastern Franklin County. An advisory
group of community members was established
in the fall of this year to assist
in planning for the new park. A conceptual
plan has been developed after a series of
public open houses that focus on typical
metro park facilities and visitor
experiences including hiking, biking,
picnicking, play areas, birding, habitat
improvements to improve water quality
and forest restoration areas. Planning for
the first phase of development planned for
2012, is underway and will include nature
trails and a parking area near an existing
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MORPC Balanced Growth "Draft
Plan" Ready for Review
Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), an association of local
governments in central Ohio, worked with the Big Walnut Planning
Partnership (BWPP) to produce a BigWalnut Watershed Balanced Growth
Plan. The 121 page "Draft Plan" is now available for review. This
remarkable working document began in Ocotber 2010 with the following
Goals and Guiding Principles:
A) Protect Environmental Resources
B) Preserve the unique character of each
C) Promote Development
If you want to learn about land use, population
projections, employment or impacts from impervious surfaces
and many more important topics in the Big Walnut Watershed then you
will want to take a close look at the plan by following the links
The Draft Plan
Home Page with Stakeholders and remaining meetings
Meeting at the Emerging Rocky
Fork Metro Park
Several members of the Friends of Big Walnut Creek and Tributaries
and other interested persons walked and rode with Steve Studenmund,
Strategic Planning & Land Acquisition Manager for Metro Parks of
Franklin County. The Blacklick Park will be one special park when it
is open to the public (if they can do something with that mud).
There was only one vehicle that got stuck at the event.
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Friends of Big Walnut
Newsletter (2010 Issue)
"An Urban Oasis" picture by Henry Cahalla
Author Henry Crahalla
describes Gahanna's nearby Creekside Park in the latest FOBWC
Newsletter in "An Urban Oasis (The Natural Side of Creekside Park)".
This, updates on the Blacklick Creek Watershed Plan by Kurt Keljo,
Streamside Protection by Bob Bostard and pictures from the Big
Walnut, Rocky Fork and Blacklick Watersheds can be found by
following link below ...
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