The Darby Joint Board of Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors was
formed in October 2000. The purpose of the Board is to develop an
implementable community-based watershed plan to maintain and enhance the
socio-economic and ecological health of the Darby Creek Watershed. The board is made up of five supervisors
Madison, Union, Pickaway and Champaign
Counties. This Board addresses water quality
concerns of landowners in the six counties which make up the Big Darby Creek
Logan, Madison, Pickaway and Union).
In addition to the Joint Board, there is also a Planning team that also works
on this project. The planning team consists of interested volunteer
landowners who reviewed the subwatershed plans prior to Joint Board
approval. These landowners also assist the coordinator as
- The Darby Joint Board formed in October 2000.
- The Darby Joint Board is comprised of Soil and Water Conservation District
- The planning process began in January 2001.
- The Darby Joint Board meets once per month. Please check the
dates for the next Joint Board meeting date.
- The Darby Watershed is
located in central Ohio
and drains 555.6 square miles.
- There are 20
subwatersheds that make up the Darby Watershed
- For planning purposes a few of these subwatersheds were combined to form
- It primarily in six counties: Champaign(15.6%), Franklin(15.2%),
Logan(4.7%), Madison(31.0%), Pickaway(10.0%) and Union(23.4%)
- The major streams in the watershed are Big and Little Darby Creeks, Flat
Branch, Buck Run, Robinson Run, Sugar Run, Treacle Creek, Proctor Run, Spring Fork
- Cities and villages in watershed include: North Lewisburg, Marysville,
Milford Center, Plain City, Woodstock, Mechanicsburg, West Jefferson,
Darbydale, Harrisburg, Orient and Darbyville
- One of the most
tested and observed watersheds in Ohio
- The Darby supports a wide range of bugs(macroinvertebrates), fish and
mussels, some of which are endangered
- The majority of the land in the watershed is agricultural(74%) and
- Eighty-two miles Big and Little Darby Creeks were designated State
Rivers in 1984 and in 1994, they were given the national designation
- The Scenic designation includes the following areas:
Big Darby Creek from the Champaign-Union County
line downstream to the US Rt. 40 Bridge, from the northern boundary of
Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park to the confluence with the Little Darby
Creek downstream to the Scioto River and Little Darby Creek from the
Lafayette-Plain City Road Bridge downstream to the confluence with Big Darby
- Home to Big Darby
Plains Scenic Byway.
The Darby Watershed
project is currently looking for projects that will enhance and maintain water
quality in Big and Little Darby Creeks and their tributaries. Projects may
include items such as widening stream buffers, addressing stream bank erosion,
stream restoration or restoring wetlands. These are a sample of potential
projects. There may be other projects out there that will also help to
address water quality. If you know of any projects that you would like to see
implemented, please contact your local SWCD
for more information. There may be grant
funding available from Ohio EPA or other sources for projects.
Rural Drainage manual is available online
ODNR's FTP site.
A draft rule addressing mitigation requirements for impacts on streams
will be made available in early 2009. Because of the content of that
rule that relates to parts of the draft Water Quality Standards rules, and to
Section 401 Water Quality Certification rules and
draft Antidegradation rule, the comment deadline for all four rule
packages will be 60 days after the stream mitigation rule is made available.
An announcement of the comment deadline will be made when the draft stream
mitigation rule is made available.
Click here to download fact sheets (PDF 116K) that summarize the overall
Water Quality Standard
Rules(OAC:3745-1) draft rules are now available.
Comments will be due in sometime in Spring 2009:
Division of Surface Water
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
email: Bob Heitzman
If you would like further information about this
rulemaking, please contact Dan Dudley at
by calling (614) 644-2876.
401/Wetland/Stream Mitigation Rules(OAC
3745-1, 3745-32 and 3745-45) draft rules are now available. Comments
will be due in sometime in Spring 2009:
Division of Surface Water
Lazarus Government Center
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
email: Randy Bournique
If you would like further information about this rulemaking, please contact
Randy Bournique at the e-mail address above or by calling (614) 644-2013.
April 14, 2009
- Madison SWCD Board Meeting- 8:00AM
- Union SWCD Board Meeting
April 16, 2009
- Champaign SWCD Board meeting
April 17-18, 2009
- Franklin SWCD's tree sale pickup(Order must be placed by March 13th)
- April 17th: 7:00 AM-6:00 PM
- April 18th: 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM (Noon)
April 18, 2009
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