The water in streams around Genoa Township is in fair condition, according to a survey coordinated by the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District.

The water in streams around Genoa Township is in fair condition, according to a survey coordinated by the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District.

The survey is part of a continuing study of seven streams around the township, said Dona Rhea of the soil and water district.

The study is a volunteer, community-outreach program to check the water quality for the life in the water.

Two of the sites are east of Hoover Reservoir, one is on the reservoir's west side, and the other four are in streams leading to Alum Creek, Genoa assistant administrator Joe Clase said.

The streams being studied aren't used for Genoa Township's drinking water, Clase said. That comes from Del-Co Water Co. The water from the streams would go into drinking water for the city of Columbus. Area drinking water is safe, Clase said.

"Over the years, Genoa Township's stream banks have eroded away and have been re-routed due to the high development and runoff. The intent of this study is to discover stream quality with housing and land-use changes taking place around the stream," Rhea said.

The study is continuing and not all results have come in from the most recent studies, which took place earlier this month, Clase said.

"The plan is to monitor the stream sites long-term, for up to 10 years," Rhea said in a press release.

"Since we haven't gotten all the sites tested this year, I would label the results as generally fair on the west side of the Hoover (Reservoir) and they have been coming back with good ratings on the east side for the biological tests," Clase said June 22.

"Development has likely had some impacts on our water quality, as evidenced in the reports, so we look forward to exploring ways that we can improve it," he added.

Improvements to filtration systems will be recommended if any serious problems are found, Clase said.

"If it's on private property, we'll work with the property owner on a funding source (for the improvements)," Clase said. "If it's on public property, we'll involve the (Genoa Township) trustees."

Genoa Township's staff and residents have been monitoring the stream sites since last fall.

Each volunteer visits an assigned site at least four times a year and removes small insects from the stream. Some of the insects can tolerate pollution while others cannot, Rhea said.

The more species found that don't tolerate water pollution, the better indication the water quality in the stream is good, she said.

Water quality is rated as "good," "fair" or "poor" based on the species found in the water and those species' tolerance to pollution, Clase said.

"Results indicate so far that sites are in fair condition. ... The chemical test results come back in good standing and physical habitat assessment is average," Rhea said.

Clase said, "The program was not set up as a result of demonstrated poor water quality, but was instead set up because there is always room for improvement and we want to focus development on projects that really show results."

The program is still seeking volunteers.

Anyone interested in contributing to the study should call the township at (614) 895-1126.