Local Governments

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

This year, we have two (2) open seats for our Board of Supervisors who will be elected to a three year term beginning January 2018. Continue reading to find out more information on each of the three (3) candidates. Residents or landowners, firms and corporations that own land or occupy land in Franklin County and are 18 years of age or older may vote for supervisors. A non-resident landowner, firm or corporation must provide an affidavit of eligibility, which includes designation of a voting representative, prior to casting a ballot.

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Please consider supporting conservation efforts in Franklin County by sponsoring Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District’s 71st Annual Meeting & Board of Supervisors’ Election or our Annual Central Ohio Stormwater and Erosion Control Expo. Become a Conservation Champion today! You can find more information on the sponsorship registration form.

Sponsorships make it possible to keep event ticket prices low to encourage attendance.  All remaining profits support local projects through our Conservation Fund. Last year, the fund supported mini-grants to conservation projects with Iuka Ravine Association, Friends of Upper Arlington Parks and Franklin County Children Services. Sponsors of each level can request a free conservation workshop for your employees to learn about rain gardens, rain barrels, composting, stream protection and creating habitat for wildlife.

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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