In Our Communities:

From engaging people in restoration opportunities to assisting local governments with best management practices, Ohio River Foundation is actively working with citizens to restore and protect all waters within the Ohio River watershed.

But it doesn't stop there. Ohio River Foundation is also an active partner in local restoration efforts spearheaded by other organizations throughout the watershed.

Below are just a few examples of the way Ohio RIver Foundation is working with local communities to restore and protect their waterways and the River.

If you would like assistance from or collaborate with Ohio River Foundation please contact us.


Stormwater and Rain Gardens

Communities throughout the Ohio River watershed are searching for ways to confront the growing problems created by stormwater.  Flooding and degraded water quality are the chief threats posed by this source of non-point pollution.  A few communities in Kansas City, Minnesota, and Michigan are attacking this problem head-on with an innovative approach: rain gardens.  For the Ohio River watershed, ORF is now finding partners to bring this important development tool to local communities in the fight to control stormwater and improve water quality.  More...


Ecosystem Restoration

Lowhead Dam Removal

Ohio River Foundation is coordinating efforts to remove the West Milton low-head dam.  The removal of this obsolete dam will reconnect 200 miles of the upper Stillwater River watershed to the downstream section.  The City of West Milton, Ohio DNR, USFWS, US Army Corps of Engineers, and other agencies support removal of this dam. MORE...

Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership

Ohio River Foundation stands at the forefront of efforts to develop a comprehensive Ohio River ecosystem restoration program.  ORF is working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Army Corps of Engineers, state agencies, and experts from around the watershed to implement environmental restoration projects. 

Youth Conservation Teams

Led by adult crew leaders, high school students perform habitat restoration and protection projects in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. This stewardship program is the first of its kind in the Ohio River watershed. MORE...


Development Permits and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

As a part of its mission the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is entrusted with protecting the Ohio River environment, and is responsible for issuing "dredge and fill" permits (section 404 of the Clean Water Act) to prospective property developers. By reviewing and commenting on these permits ORF protects communities from unwise development and continues to encourage the Corps to strike a balance between development and environmental protection.  More