Local Governments

These blog posts cover timely topics in stormwater mangement of interest to townships and local governments.

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Chris Wible re-elected to Franklin Soil and Water Board

Chris Wible has been re-elected to the Board of Supervisors of Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District at a public election held September 15, 2016 at the Boathouse at Confluence Park, 679 W. Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio. The two candidates for one open seat were Anuja Sriparameswaran, MD and Chris Wible.

Mr. Wible is the Director of U.S. Manufacturing Quality & Continuous Improvement at Scotts Miracle-Gro. He previously led Scotts’ Environmental Stewardship Program where he collaborated with federal, state, and local water quality organizations to address urban stormwater and nutrient management issues. Chris is actively working with conservation districts across Ohio to enable districts to share information and ideas, build relationships, and leverage the unique strengths and resources of each district to implement urban programming. Read More

Important Feedback Needed

July 8th, 2016


2013 Strategic Planning with Board member Thomas Shockley & retired USDA staff member Mary Ann Core.

Every three years, the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors and staff go through a strategic planning process. In addition to the standard SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) assessment, we take a close look at our current programs and brainstorm new ideas. Then begins the hard work of comparing the SWOT findings with current and possible programs.

We are asking our key partners including local government elected officials and staff members, engineers, planners,  and local watershed groups for their opinions and ideas. Let us know how you have interacted with Franklin Soil and Water and what you would like to see from us in the future. Read More

Eco-friendly development is a key element of Grove City’s growth objectives as one of central Ohio’s fastest-growing suburbs. When Grove City encountered maintenance challenges including interior water leaks caused by the flat-basin roof design at the Grove City Safety Complex, site of the city’s Division of Police and Mayor’s Court, city officials sought an eco-friendly solution. The low impact development (LID) technique selected was a blue roof supplemented by rain gardens. Read More

2015 Election Results

September 18th, 2015

Tom Shockley

Tom Shockley

Jessica D'Ambrosio

Jessica D’Ambrosio

Thomas Shockley has been elected and Jessica D’Ambrosio has been re-elected to the Board of Supervisors of Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District at a public election held September 17, 2015 at the District office, 1404 Goodale Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio.

We had three highly qualified candidates and voters found it difficult to pick only two of them for the two seats open on the Board. Thank you to Cathy Cowan Becker, Jessica D’Ambrosio and Thomas Shockley for offering your time and energy to our election. We would like to extend additional gratitude to Cathy Cowan Becker for her first run for Franklin Soil and Water Board Member. Her background in Environment and Natural Resources made her a great candidate for our Board and we hope to work with her in other ways in the future.

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With the passage of Senate Bill 150 last session and Senate Bill 1 in March, we now have improved regulations to better address nutrient runoff and harmful algae blooms in the Western Lake Erie Basin.  Efforts are also underway to make updates to ORC 1515 to better align resources to address agriculture pollution concerns between state agencies within the current budget bill.   

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Map of GreenSpot Rain Barrels

December 4th, 2014

Our geomatics team just produced this awesome map of households participating in the GreenSpot rain barrel program from 2011 through this year. It’s exciting to see the widespread participation! Read More

At the December 2 General Session, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners was presented with a Great Blue Heron award in appreciation of the Commissioners’ ongoing support of the natural resources mapping program at Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District (FSWCD). Read More

Water Quality Partner

Water Quality Partner Cling

This summer we have launched a new program to help small businesses avoid stormwater pollution complaints and municipalities reach targeted outreach goals in their SWMP. Read More

Mini-Grants Awarded

April 16th, 2014

 Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District is highlighting three projects that exemplify our mission of protecting soil and water resources in Franklin County. Read More

Leaf Collection

September 26th, 2013

We like to share great outreach tools used by local governments, so we all don’t have to re-invent the wheel. The City of Dublin’s “It’s Greener in Dublin!” door hanger for fall leaf collection is a case in point. Some points the door hanger makes that help to overcome barriers to proper leaf placement are: Read More