Columbus' Watershed Management Program

A high quality water supply source allows us to provide Columbus area residents with excellent drinking water at a reasonable cost. Our watershed program's focus is to protect our drinking water source and supply.

For more information or questions not addressed below, e-mail Watershed Management.

Watershed Management Program
Healthy watersheds protect the rivers and reservoirs which serve as a drinking water source. Learn how the reservoirs and tributaries are managed to support water quality through use of native plants, natural resource conservation, and shoreline stewardship. Visit the program website.

Reservoir Land Stewardship Program and Neighbor Communications
This program provides eligible adjacent landowners with access for stewardship activities such as invasive species removal or private dock installation on city-owned drinking water reservoir property while protecting reservoir shorelines. Visit the program website, or see our page for Reservoir Reflections and other program communications.

Native Vegetation Protects Our Waterways
A deep-rooted vegetative buffer around a body of water provides many environmental benefits including better water quality and reduced erosion. Native plants' long roots slow the flow of stormwater, soak up and filter contaminants and hold the soil in place contributing to better water quality.

Keeping Wildlife Wild - Do Not Feed
Though they may be irresistibly cute, do NOT feed the wildlife. Wild animals are well adapted at finding food & surviving on their own. Furthermore, feeding them actually causes numerous problems.

Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in protecting our natural resources, get involved in our public education programs. You, your community or school group can participate in stream-bank litter cleanups, invasive plant removal & many other activities that promote awareness & appreciation of our natural waterways.