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Buckeye Smallies? Restoring The Olentangy River

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800px-Columbus-olentangy-river-bridge-nightThere is a small river that meanders its way through the middle of Ohio, passing south towards Columbus and passing right by the campus of the Ohio State University.

Good news for smallmouth bass fans and nature lovers everywhere!

The City of Columbus is investing $7 million dollars to create a habitat that is pleasing to wildlife as well as people looking to enjoy the great outdoors.

The work is going to occur near Ohio State’s stadium and the medical center.

The city project to restore the river will add green space and wetlands. Another aim is to open the river to boaters by removing a dam and connecting new recreational areas with city trails.

Workers have planted willows and other plants to stabilize the riverbanks and removed invasive plants.

The idea is to allow the river to flow naturally, which should improve the water quality and attract fish and other wildlife. Project officials said they’ve already seen smallmouth bass return to the area.  Source

The project will take years to complete and the vegetation the has been planted will take years to mature but the wait will be worth it.

It’s always great to see these types of projects succeed. Smallmouth bass returning to the area is a good sign as they tend to be pretty sensitive to environmental conditions.

If you have fished this river, please leave a comment below!

2 Responses to Buckeye Smallies? Restoring The Olentangy River

  1. Dave January 1, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I’m glad to see them investing some time and money into the “Old N Stinky”. There is only so much locals can do to clean the place up while out enjoying the river. With some cleaning, planting, and limiting of boat and motor size, in a few years this will definitely be a nice smallmouth river.

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  2. Michael August 22, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    I have worked at OSU. The horrendous waste water coming from the large animal research facilities that are going into the Olentangy will produce terrible results. OSU will never address this directly and because it is OSU it will not be addressed by the media. Ask anyone who works at the Biomedical research tower. The diseases and fecal matter from thousands of research cages are going to the Olentangy. Don’t be fooled.

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