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Posted on: November 24, 2021

Hocking River Riparian Area Project


The Hocking River Riparian Area Project is located along the river directly behind the Athens Community Center.

This area along the Hocking River is a riparian/floodplain corridor which means, it may flood during large rain events. As a riparian, the growth of plants and trees slow the movement of storm water to the river. This gives the storm water a chance to permeate the soil which assists in maintaining a cleaner river. 

Invasive Plants - This area has a history of agriculture and commercial use which enabled the area to become dominated with invasive plants that are not native to an Ohio landscape. Non-native plants create an undesirable habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

The Restoration of Native and Natural Landscape Project - The City of Athens, will be removing these invasive species over the next year. Please excuse the debris while we strive to make this area a better environment for storm water management, pollinators, wildlife, and the people of Athens.

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