Keep It Clean

    Hoover Crop  

Simple steps you can take at home to  prevent water pollution .

Take a Tour

Watershed Signage

Signage installed at Griggs, O'Shaughnessy & Hoover Reservoirs invites park visitors to  take a self-guided tour along the shoreline & learn about the green infrastructure installed there.

Rain gardens, porous pavement & more can improve the quality of storm water entering the reservoirs that supply our drinking water.

Non-point Source Pollution

Stormwater Runoff

Protect our Waterways
Illustration Courtesy of NCDENR


The Land Stewardship Program protects reservoir shorelines while providing eligible contiguous landowners access for stewardship activities such as invasive species removal or private dock installation on city-owned drinking water reservoir property. Download a copy of the final Land Stewardship Design Standards. Download a copy of the Summary of Changes which highlights changes from the draft to final design standards language.   

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.

Download a copy of the video Landowner/Stewardship Program Update

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

Watershed Management Program

Watershed Management Program An introduction to our watershed program covers the importance of protecting our drinking water source and supply. Includes landscaping with native plants, & the Land Stewardship Program for residents who live beside the source. - learn more

Reservoir Neighbor Communications

Reservoir Neighbor Communications For residents who live adjacent to the city’s three drinking water reservoirs, a newsletter Reservoir Reflections and Interim Land Stewardship Guidelines for access paths and view corridors & other communications are available. - learn more

FAQ's about the Reservoirs & Watershed Management

FAQ's about the Reservoirs & Watershed Management Questions and answers about reservoirs, watershed management, land stewardship, dock permits and boating. - learn more

Landscaping to Protect Our Waterways

Landscaping to Protect Our Waterways Providing a deep-rooted vegetative buffer around a body of water provides many environmental benefits including better water quality. - learn more

How to Secure a Land Stewardship Agreement - Process Overview

How to Secure a Land Stewardship Agreement - Process Overview Property owners next to city water reservoirs have a special responsibility to protect our drinking water supply. It's beneficial to use best management practices along such waterways. Participating homeowners can then apply for a private boat dock & more. Includes details and forms required to obtain an agreement. - learn more

Native Plants

Native Plants Native plants with long roots slow the flow of stormwater, soak up and filter contaminants and hold the soil in place contributing to better water quality. Plants native to each of our drinking water reservoirs is included. - learn more

Keeping Wildlife Wild - Do Not Feed

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. - learn more

History: Watershed Management Office & the Land Stewardship Program

History: Watershed Management Office & the Land Stewardship Program With a growing population and an increasing demand for superior drinking water, the city recognized the need to maintain and protect the reservoirs.  This voluntary agreement provides residents an opportunity to actively participate in protecting the source of our community’s drinking water. - learn more

Watershed Partnerships

Watershed Partnerships The Department of Public Utilities, its customers and local watershed groups work together in a unique partnership to protect our Watershed. Central Ohio residents participate in proactive watershed protection. - learn more