Scioto River Man Dies Attempting To Flee Columbus Police By Jim Letizia • Nov 20, 2015 Columbus Division of Police Columbus police say a homeless man who attempted to flee arrest by jumping into the Scioto River yesterday drowned after being underwater for 40 minutes. City: Algae Treatments Source Of Foul-Smelling Tap Water In Westwind By Jim Letizia • Aug 28, 2015 columbus.gov Columbus city officials say treatments for algae blooms in the Scioto River have caused foul-smelling drinking water in the Hilliard area. Future Of Santa Maria Remains Unclear By Jim Letizia • Aug 14, 2014 Work is underway to remove the Santa Maria from its dock on the Scioto River in downtown Columbus, but its future remains unclear. Commission Approves Two Downtown Projects By Jim Letizia • Aug 29, 2013 The Columbus Downtown Commission has approved plans to remove the Main Street dam on the Scioto River to create more green space. Coleman Year In Review - Part 3 By Jim Letizia • Dec 27, 2012 Earlier this year, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman pledged 18-million city dollars toward removing the Main Street dam and developing the acres of land along the Scioto river downtown that would be created by the structure's removal.