Introduction: The Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at The
Ohio State University is designed to be one of the most
comprehensive wetland research and education facilities in the
nation at a major university. It is located on a 30-acre site owned
by The Ohio State University, immediately north of the Columbus
campus. Phase 1 of site development, which featured construction of
two 2.5-acre deep-water marshes and a river water delivery system,
was completed in 1994. Phase 2 which involved establishing the
infrastructure for research and education of the site, including
additional wetlands, experimental microcosms, and a visitors'
wetland pavilion, was completed in 1999.