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Lower Olentangy River Watershed

Descriptions of Watershed Characteristics


The drainage area, stream network, and monitored stream segments for the Lower Olentangy River Watershed have been detailed by the Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water. The location of the watershed in relation the other watershed throughout the state can also be seen in the small Ohio map on the top right.
According to the Ohio EPA in 2001, the Lower Olentangy River Watershed is impaired primarily by nutrient enrichment and habitat and flow alterations. Nearly all of the river miles are impaired by nutrient enrichment, and greater than 50% is also impaired by flow and other habitat alterations. Such severe river and stream impairments commonly result from human development, inadequate agricultural practices and land use changes in the surrounding area. To see the most recent water quality reports from Ohio EPA go to Total Maximum Daily Load Program

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