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River Pride Events Announced

For immediate release
May 30, 2014

River Pride 2014 Events Announced

The Columbus Department of Public Utilities and partners will kick off the 14th annual Central Ohio River Pride event with a cleanup on Saturday, May 31. This month-long event, through June, is designed to promote awareness and appreciation of our natural waterways through environmental stewardship and recreation. Activities include stream-bank litter cleanups, invasive plant removal, rain garden workshops and other opportunities as listed below.  Volunteers and participants are invited to the following events:

Saturday, May 31, 9:00 a.m.
Griggs Reservoir
Litter cleanup 
Columbus Dept. of Public Utilities/Scioto Boat Club, contact 645-1748 / 645-1721

Saturday, June 7, 9:00 a.m. 
Olentangy River
Invasive plant removal
Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW), [email protected], 267-3386

Saturday, June 14, 9:00 a.m.
Adena Brook
Litter cleanup and invasive plant removal 
Adena Brook Community, contact  [email protected], 447-8043

Other Ways to Get Involved:

Contact any of the listed organizations to participate in additional opportunities throughout the year; here's a complete list.

Plan your own neighborhood or waterway cleanup. Contact Keep Columbus Beautiful for assistance by calling 645-8027 or visit If you live outside Columbus please contact your local municipality.

Organize a  storm drain marking community service project in your Columbus neighborhood to get involved on an individual or group level. This is an ongoing project limited to dry weather conditions.

These organizations plan periodic events and/or are excellent sources of stewardship information:

Friends of the Lower Olentangy (FLOW) organizes free educational events and service activities including litter cleanup and removal of invasive plants; call 267-3386 or check FLOW's Facebook page or email [email protected] 

Friends of the Scioto River promotes the protection and enjoyment of the Scioto River valley and organizes several cleanups each year; email [email protected]

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District encourages conservation through a variety of activities, services and educational materials; visit

Riverfest On Tour!, a service of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, has canoe floats planned in June and July. For a complete schedule, please visit or call 233-4112.

Visit online for a complete listing & more information about  Volunteer Opportunities.

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