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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Pond and Bodies of Water Safety

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has several bodies of water located on facility grounds. A small body of water is considered a flowing stream or river, retention ponds, and wetland areas w/ standing water. This includes retention ponds and streams at Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory and Chadwick Arboretum grounds, wetlands areas at the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, and research involving the Olentangy River. Additionally, this also includes bodies of water on Wooster Campus and OSU Research Stations.

Schiermeieer Olentangy River Wetland Research Park

 These areas are vital to research and the ecosystem of the property. Activities in / on these bodies of water are for research purposes only. All recreational activities including swimming, wading, boating, kayaking / canoeing, fishing, ice skating, hockey, or other recreational activity are prohibited.

Notice: Keep out of Pond

All activities for research or class engagement that involve an activity in or around a body of water, should schedule and get prior approval with the site manager. As part of the approval process a Field Research Safety Plan should be filled out. More field research safety information and plan templates can be found at:

This also applies to manure storage lagoons at livestock research farms or research stations. Due to additional hazards that may be present, these areas are strictly prohibited to the public and should be avoided by all pedestrians. Any work or research conducted at these sites shall have prior notification and approval of the site manager, and a field research / work safety plan in place.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Seth Walker
      CFAES Director of Safety and Compliance
      Phone: 330-263-3665

Kent McGuire
      CFAES Safety & Health Coordinator
      Phone: 614-292-0588


Reviewed / Updated: 6/24/21 K. McGuire