In Our Communities:

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

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

Ecosystem Restoration

Invasive Species Control/Removal

ORF provides communities guidance, education, and removal/control contract services to reduce the ongoing pressures posed to native species by non-native invasive species. Our client/partner list includes Great Parks of Hamilton County, Cincinnati Parks, NKU, City of Blue Ash, and National Forest Service and U.S. Fish & WIldlife Service. Furthermore, ORF also coordinates the activities of the Ohio River Valley Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. To find our more about our low-cost high value contract services - contact us.

Lowhead Dam Removal

As recreation deaths associated with low dams increase, concern from owners is driving interest in removing dams. Removal of these structures, which in many cases are obsolete relics from decades ago, is not just a benefit to the waterways they impound, but also a potential driver for economic growth through bike and walking trail development and better access to the water for all.

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...

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...


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