Daily Distraction: Let FLOW connect you to your local rivers

The nonprofit's recent Earth Day video provides an urgent, inspiring message about our local waterways

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
A kayak ride on the Olentangy River, photographed in June of 2020. (Doral Chenoweth/Columbus Dispatch)

For Earth Day, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) produced a gorgeous video about our local waterways, and how everything we do at our homes and on our streets eventually connects to streams and rivers. While that topic can sometimes come off as overly preachy, this one manages to be downright inspiring.

I've seen firsthand what a group of FLOW volunteers can do, ripping up invasive ivy, removing invasive honeysuckle and planting trees. It's grunt work that can transform a landscape, and in so doing, transform entire ecosystems. For more info on FLOW's hopes and goals, check out the nonprofit's 2020 Greenspace Plan

At the very least, take five minutes to learn about your local watershed (and FLOW) in the video below: