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Field Tour #1- Hellbranch Meadows Stream and Wetland Restoration

Hellbranch Meadows tour will be co-led by Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District and Coldwater Consulting and is located 15 miles/25 minutes from the conference venue. Bus transportation will be provided both ways. Constructed in 2018-2019, the Hellbranch Meadows Stream and Wetland Restoration Project includes 3,500 ft of stream restoration, 8 acres of floodplain restoration, 10 acres of wetland restoration and enhancement, native prairie restoration, invasive species removal, and native plantings.


For an overview of the restoration work see the following video:






Field Tour #2- Olentangy River Wetland Research Park

The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park is a long-term, large-scale aquatic research facility located along the northern edge of The Ohio State University's Columbus campus. This 52 acre site is situated adjacent to the Olentangy River and consists of two experimental wetland basins, an oxbow wetland, bottomland hardwood forest, and a mesocosm compound. 





Field Tour #3- BluePrint Columbus: Watershed Scale Green Infrastructure

BluePrint Columbus is a pioneering green infrastructure initiative by the City of Columbus, intending to spend well over $1 billion to install green infrastructure throughout the city over the next decade. This tour will visit the pilot neighborhood of Clintonville, where 437 bioretention basins, several streets of permeable pavement, and one stormwater treatment wetland were installed between 2017 and 2020. Ohio State researchers have been measuring water quality and quantity, habitat provision, economic benefits, and changes in community perceptions resulting from the pilot project. 







Field Tour #4- Scioto Audobon Metro Park: Brownfield Restoration

The Scioto Audobon Metro Park: Brownfield Restoration tour will be co-led by Burges and Niple and Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. Located along the banks of the Scioto River within the heart of downtown Columbus is the Scioto Audobon Metro Park. Learn how this former industrial brownfield has been converted to Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks' first urban park, bringing nature to the City. Working in concert with the environmental remediation efforts, the park development includes the Audobon Nature Center and its showcase for stormwater management system, 5 acres of constructed wetlands, a 35 ft. high climbing wall as well as smaller climbing boulders, an obstacle course, birding, and numerous other opportunities for the active and passive visitor. On this tour, attendees will learn about the site's history, its clean-up, and the redevelopment along with the opportunity to explore many of the park's amenities.

Field Tour #5- Bike Tour of the Olentangy River

Between 2015-2017 all lower head dams in the Olentangy River from Dodridge St. to Downtown Columbus were removed. Ther river was reengineered to be a more pleasant urban river. The river project included narrowing the river channel, adding riffles and natural bank stabilization, relocating mussels in the work locations, and elevated banks with wetlands to capture street storm runoff. The tour will start at the Woody Hayes Bridge at the north campus of Ohio State University, and will follow the river along the Olentangy Bike trail to the Scioto Mile park, located downtown. We will see and discuss different aspects of the Olentangy River project along the way. The tour will end at Land Grant Brewery. Bikes are available to rent for the day through CoGo bikeshare-