What is the Watershed Team?
We are a diverse group of professional and volunteer water enthusiasts who care deeply about the quality of our water resources. We have several committees working on various projects and initiatives (see "Current Projects"). There are many ways to get involved! Try coming to one of our team meetings, attending a clean-up or recreation event, or joining a water quality monitoring group. If you would like more information, please e-mail one of our chairpersons listed below:
Emily Imhoff e-mail
Cincinnati Museum Center
Matt Wooten e-mail
Sanitation District 1 (SD1)
From the July meeting you will see:
Dr. Michael Miller's presentation on water quality in the 4 major Ohio watersheds served by volunteer monitoring programs
MBI's report on the biology and water quality of the Mill Creek from their 2016 study completed for MSD
Join us for our next meeting!
Friday, December 1st, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 am
Hamilton County Environmental Services
Image from our recent field trip to Sanitation District 1's Public Service Park, showcasing stormwater best management practices, green infrastructure, and watershed education features.
New and improved! Cincinnati Green Infrastructure inventory map
Zoom in or out to view different parts of the region. Each icon on the map is clickable to view details of the practice put into place.
Calendar of cleanup events in 2017
April 21 Annual Mill Creek Cleanup
June 3 Little Miami River Kleen Up
June 17 Ohio River Sweep
September 23 Upper Mill Creek Cleanup
October 28 Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River
What to expect at a cleanup event
Individual events may vary, but typically volunteers will first sign in and fill out a waiver. If you are under 18, your parent/guardian will need to sign your waiver as well. Volunteers are then are provided with trash bags to fill with litter. Volunteers typically work in groups to gather as much litter as they can, mainly by walking on foot along the stream/river/lake. Some cleanups may offer boat rides to those interested! Safety is important and no one will be asked to do anything they are uncomfortable with around the water. There may be beverages, snacks, lunch, or even t-shirts or other prizes provided. To find out more about a specific event, please see the website listed above, and/or contact the event sponsor.
Calendar of major recreation events in 2017
July 14 Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo
August 5 16th Annual Ohio River Paddlefest
August 26 Mill Creek ReCreation Celebration
Sept 23-24 Great Outdoor Weekend
Organizations offering citizen WQ monitoring opportunities
Note: most groups have events throughout the year, so feel free to contact them at any time!
Butler County Stream Team
Great Miami River Volunteer Water Quality Program
Greenacres Saturday Stream Snapshot (Little Miami River watershed)
Licking River Watershed Watch
Mill Creek Water Quality Monitoring
How does water quality monitoring work?
Several local organizations rely on citizen scientists to take water quality measurements in local streams. Typically, each sample site is visited once a month, where some basic information about the stream will be recorded and a sample of water will be taken. Measurements of water quality parameters such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, and pH will be taken in the field, and samples may be returned to a lab for further testing. Volunteers may need to attend a training session, or simply show up on the day of the sampling. Programs vary by organization, see the links in the list to the left for more info! The season typically runs from early spring through late fall, with a concluding presentation or report being made in the winter to show the year's results. Consider joining one of these groups to learn more about your local watershed!
The Water team brings together representatives from non-profits, businesses, educational institutions and governmental entities working to improve water quality and watershed management in our region.
Metropolitan Sewer District Water Quality Initiatives - Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati has several initiatives to access water quality in the region. One of these initiatives includes a water quality and biological study of the Mill Creek, Little Miami River, Great Miami River and the Ohio River.
Recr8Ohio (River Current Conditions) - Ohio River water quality and river conditions in the Greater Cincinnati are available for recreational users and others as they plan to boat, fish, swim, or engage in other water sports.