The restoration of Delaware Run adjacent to Ohio Wesleyan’s campus has been investigated over the past five years. The Run was channelized more than a century ago, and the channel walls are old and in poor shape. Delaware Run, in general, is facing growing problems with flooding (due to upstream development with, apparently, inadequate controls on run-off), contamination with lawn chemicals and agricultural runoff, and contamination with e. Coli.

The general idea of restoring this stretch of Delaware Run is to provide a means of capturing some of the growing quantity of water while filtering contaminants in the water before they reach the adjacent Olentangy River.

Ideally, this stretch of Delaware Run could be tied to restoration options further upstream. Ideally, the area of Delaware Run along campus could become an outdoor lab, for University and K-12 projects, focused on riparian and water issues. Thus this project would serve both environmental and educational purposes.

Delaware Run Flooding April 3, 2017

Dr. Amador Rowley (Geography) looking quite concerned about Delaware Run flooding along the north side of OWU’s campus. There is not typically a lake (with ducks) in this location. The channelized stream bed can be seen in the background, in front of the stone wall.

Below find an image of the Delaware Run as it emerges from under (!) downtown. The water level is about 2′ t0 3′ above normal. Notice the stone walls on the left beginning to erode away.

Continued development upstream, with inadequate stormwater retention, has led Delaware Run to flood at an increasing rate. Restoration of wetlands and other remediation efforts are part of the Delaware Run master plan, currently under development.

Blog Postings, Student Project, Spring 2014

Blog postings by Date with Topic: Spring 2014 Student Project (postings below)

W 2 17: Proposal Draft
S 2 19: Terminology
M 3 24 / W 3 26: Field Work
M 3 31 / W 4 2: Field Work
M 4 7: Beginning Issues
M 4 7 / W 4 9: Field Work
M 4 12: Field Work and Lab work|
W 4 14: Final Day of Tree Fieldwork
M 4 21 W 4 23: Lab Day and Fieldwork
W 4 23: Final Maps with all trees and soil sites
M 4 28: Final Map Drafts

S 5 4: Additional Information Gathered

Tree Information
Wall Observation
Restoration and Clean up
Historical Site
Soil Samples

M 5 5: Final Project


Final Project PDF:


So close, Almost done!!

Page Link:


Direct Link:



Soil Samples:

IMG_0930 IMG_0931 IMG_0932 IMG_0933 IMG_0934 IMG_0935 IMG_0936 IMG_0937 IMG_0938

Historical Site (Fill not confirmed):


Restoration and clean up:

cleanup2-1 cleanup

Damaged Wall Observational:

damagedwall1-2 damagedwall6 damagedwall5-1 damagedwall4 damagedwall3-1 damagedwall2-1

Additional Tree Information:

Arboretum with GPS coords(1)

Monday April 28: New Maps

Today our group put together several maps in GIS to highlight the work we have done this semester on the Delaware Run Project. These Images show all the trees we were able to map, soil types, and projected Delaware Run pathway.