Nature Notes: Riverfest, conservation and more!

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Riverfest this weekend!

Head down to North Bank Park Saturday, June 30, for the annual Riverfest and face your unwarranted fears of the beautiful Scioto River.

Yes, it is. It's absolutely gorgeous, and it should be a bigger part of your life. This day-long celebration should be a great way to spend a day at the closest thing Downtown has to a beach.

Volunteer: The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and other green groups are looking for volunteers to help their river clean-up. Meet at Confluence Park parking lot on Saturday at 9 a.m. They've got all necessary supplies and free lunch for do-gooders.

Entertainment: Jason Quicksall, the Spikedrivers and other groups are performing. Educational activities and exhibitions run from noon to 7 p.m.

For more directions, volunteer sign-up and schedule, click to

Central Ohio Greenways Trail System

In my attempts to be even more active outdoors this summer, I've heard numerous mentions of the Greenways trails, which run along wooded and riverine corridors throughout Columbus and its suburbs.

It's hidden in some spots, even to those who bike or hike regularly. Eventually, the system will offer extended north-south and east-west routes across Central Ohio.

Currently, you can get a number of good rides away (for the most part) from the hectic traffic that keeps people in their cars. I, for one, am wary of riding around on the streets, though hundreds do it successfully.

Here's the map of the completed trails and those to come.

Columbus Department of Public Utilities urging water conservation

Got a press release (frightening at first, then not so much) from Mayor Michael Coleman's office urging Columbus residents to conserve water to combat the dry weather.

"Every day the City of Columbus serves the water needs of one million customers throughout central Ohio, and while local reservoirs are currently nearly full, it is always good to conserve water during dry periods. There is currently no significant rain in local forecasts, so the Columbus Department of Public Utilities is asking residents to monitor their personal water usage and conserve where possible."

“Columbus is meeting the needs of our customers and planning for the future with a new reservoir, but we are also vigilant about watching our water supply every summer and encouraging residents to be smart about water conservation,” said Public Utilities Director Tanya Arsh.