Corps of Darby Advocates meeting
Call 614-288-0313 for info and meeting times
You are invited to join the Corps of Darby Advocates. The Corps is comprised of local landowners and others who want to take action to protect and remedy threats to the scenic, high quality Big Darby Creek and its tributaries. We are concentrating on comprehensive planning, trash prevention, ATV trespassing, fundraising and other topics.
We also have an educational component. We are starting the new year with a currently relevant topic. Why is the Darby flooding?! Why does a 100-year flood seem to happen every few years? What effect does it have on the ecology of the creek and property owners? What can or should be done? We will have a panel discussion of the issues associated with flooding. The panel will consist of a long time landowner, environmental scientists and naturalists.
Directions: The lodge is in the Battelle-Darby Metropark. From US 40, go south on Darby Creek Drive; after about 2 miles, look for the park entrance sign and take the first right when you enter the main entrance to the park off of Darby Creek Drive.
for Darby Advocates
The Big Darby Creek and its watershed need your help! The following are examples of work that Darby Advocates do that is critical to protecting Darby throughout the watershed.
If you can contribute, please contact the Darby Creek Association at 614-288-0313, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work to promote inclusion of Darby protection measures in comprehensive plans and local zoning and subdivision regulations. Specific activities include:
□ Attend planning meetings and track activities
□ Promote and facilitate communication between local officials and governmental agencies and environmental groups in regard to planning.
□ Review proposed comprehensive plan updates and provide input and comments
□ Provide updates to DCA contacts
Monitor zoning activities and work to influence zoning decisions and zoning appeal actions. Specific activities include:
□ Attend zoning related meetings and public hearings
□ Keep informed about proposals and issues before local Planning & Zoning commissions & BZA
□ Promote and facilitate communication between local officials and governmental agencies and environmental groups in regard to specific projects.
□ Provide input and comments on proposed development projects
□ Provide updates to DCA contacts
Monitor land use and development activities (agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial development). Specific activities include:
□ Keep an eye out for surveying, new construction, signage for proposed development
□ Be on the lookout for inappropriate activities, discharges, apparent violations of environmental laws
□ Report above activities to designated contacts and directly to government agencies as appropriate
Work to promote inclusion of Darby protection measures in public projects in the watershed (roadways, bridges, sewer systems, stormwater systems, water plants, wastewater treatment plants). Specific activities include:
□ Watch for public notices and communication about projects
□ Provide input at public meetings
□ Gather information from local officials
□ Write letters expressing concerns to elected officials and government agencies
Participate in volunteer monitoring activities, including qualitative and biological monitoring. Examples include:
□ ODNR Stream Quality Monitoring (SQM) Program http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/dnap/monitor/default.htm
Participate in DCA projects, initiatives, and activities in partnership with other organizations.
□ Tree Plantings
□ Creek Cleanups
□ Educational initiatives
□ Darby Day (first Sunday in October of each year)