The Northwest Neighborhood Association (NNA) and the Central Ohio Communities Project (COCP) are hosting a Watershed Walk along Delaware Run Sept. 23 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Delaware Run is one of the largest tributaries in Delaware County, consisting of two-percent of the county’s drainage. Its watershed drains 6,485 acres of agricultural land near the headwaters north of the city of Delaware and flows through urban, industrial and suburban land closer to the confluence with the Olentangy River just north of Selby Stadium on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University.
Mostly hidden and invisible, Delaware Run weaves itself through the fabric of the city and is often overlooked. The walk will shed light on this important natural resource. Participants can choose to do a deep exploration of the run or shorter jaunts along its course. Walks will be from 40 to 90 minutes in duration dependent on the length of the walk and areas explored.
The walks will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. and will start at OWU's Selby Stadium (90 min walk) or at the Hidden Valley Golf Course (40 min walk). Local scientists and experts will lead the walks and will explore the history, ecology and geologic features of the stream scavenger hunt style. Water quality testing and a stream clean-up will also be done on both walks.
The meeting place for the walks will be at Boardman Arts Park. Parking is available around the park and at the WIllis Education Center. Transportation will be available to ferry participants back to their modes of transportation after the walks. It is encouraged to carpool, drive electric vehicles, ride bicycles or use some other form of alternative 'green' transportation to get to the event. Restrooms are a available at the park but not along the way.
The walks are appropriate for children ages 8 and older. Strollers will not be permitted on the walks since we will be walking in the stream bed of Delaware Run. There are some paths that younger children can traverse in Blue Limestone Park and other areas. Bring water shoes, plastic bag for camera and keys, water bottle and a towel because you will be getting wet!
NNA and COCP are hosting the walk to create awareness to the current state or our local streams and the potential for improvement. Delaware Run is heavily channelized and is completely buried as it winds its way through the city. The case has been made on multiple occasions that it would be advantageous to the city to daylight Delaware Run. Daylighting is the process of restoring a stream of water to a more natural state.
Following the walks, there will be family activities, light refreshments, green arts and crafts, watershed bingo and other games, a community watershed mural project, a green resource fair, gnome-building, rock-stacking contests, an “Earth Dance” and the event will wrap up with a free concert by The Rivermen.
For more information, contact Terry Hermsen at THermsen@otterbein.edu or Roxanne Amidon at firstname.lastname@example.org.