Life in Delaware County

Olentangy River Clean-Up Day: Updated

18 Aug , 2019  

The City of Delaware Public Utilities Department, Keep Delaware County Beautiful, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) are partnering to hold the City’s annual Olentangy River Clean-Up.

This year’s event will take place on August 24 from 10 AM to Noon at 225 Cherry Street in Delaware, the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant facility.

All participants will receive t-shirts. Close-toed shoes must be worn, and participants are encouraged to wear waders if they have them, no waders will be provided. All clean-up supplies will be provided. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required for this event and can done by emailing our Watershed Coordinator, Caroline Cicerchi, at

The Olentangy River was originally called keenhongsheconsepung, a Delaware word literally translated as “sharp tool river,” based on the shale found along its shores. Early settlers to the region translated this into “Whetstone River”. In 1833, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation intending to restore the original Native American names to some Ohio waterways, but mistakenly gave Whetstone River the name “Olentangy”—Delaware for “river of the red face paint”—which had actually belonged to what is now known as Big Darby Creek.

Sources: City of Delaware, Wikipedia

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