MORPC, together with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the City of Columbus, Del-Co Water Company, Inc., Brown and Caldwell, and the Ohio Water Development Authority has initiated a planning study called “Sustaining Scioto”.

This proactive, science-based study is to ensure that Central Ohio has clean and secure water resources for current residents and businesses, and to sustain needs from future growth. It includes developing adaptive strategies to manage water quality and quantity during extreme drought or flood. The study has two-phases and will be completed in 2015.

Phase I: Develop a computer model for projecting the impacts of changing weather patterns on the region’s water resources. This model is now complete. It was developed by the USGS specifically for the Upper Scioto watershed.

Phase II: Develop an adaptive management plan using the results of the model and input from a broadly based Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

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