While there is a persistent fear of flooding in cities around the world, people and businesses along the Great Miami River go confidently about their lives hardly giving flooding a thought. Since 1922, homes and businesses are protected by MCD’s system of five dry dams, retarding basins, 55 miles of levees, and preserved floodplain which provide a nearly unparalleled level of protection.
Recent river water sampling by the Miami Conservancy District (MCD) shows some Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) compounds appear to be present in the major rivers that make up the Great Miami River Watershed. These results provide further evidence that PFAS compounds are a growing challenge to our region. A strategic roadmap for dealing with the presence of these chemicals in our natural water is needed to help address this challenge. The issue of PFAS toxicity in treated drinking water, as well as natural waters, has gained worldwide attention in recent years. For background information on PFAS read MCD blogs: https://www.mcdwater.org/pfas-the-forever-chemicals-three-part-series/
By Mike Ekberg, manager of water resources monitoring and analysis It’s the beginning of November and winter is right around the corner. What will winter 2021–2022 be like? Will the Miami Valley experience a mild winter or can we expect frigid temperatures and lots of snow? Here are some predictions based on MCD’s research and … Continue reading What will winter 2021-2022 bring?
Too much salt can be bad for us (think high blood pressure). And it apparently can be unhealthy for our water, too. As the saltiness or salinity of groundwater increases above naturally occurring levels, so does its potential to harm aquatic life and to damage drinking water infrastructure.
By Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Ph.D., manager of watershed partnerships Soil. It’s under your feet. It’s in your garden. It’s on the farms that grow your food. And yet you probably don’t give it much of a thought. But maybe you should. Protecting soil is better for everyone. Our community gets cleaner rivers, cleaner air, and … Continue reading Get the dirt on the benefits of healthy soil
By Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Ph.D., manager of watershed partnerships For many of us, enjoying prairies has been limited to what we saw on (or see in reruns of) TV shows like “Little House on the Prairie.” That’s because by the middle of the 20th century, nearly all of the North American prairie grasslands had been destroyed … Continue reading We need to talk about the birds and the bees
By Mike Ekberg, manager of water resources monitoring and analysis The drought headlines coming out of the western US are sobering. “The West is in the midst of a very serious megadrought,” said USDA Chief Meteorologist Mark Brusberg in an interview posted to Twitter by @pattrn June 23. “We refer to it as a ‘megadrought’ … Continue reading SEVERE DROUGHT IN THE WEST–WHAT ABOUT OUR REGION’S WATER LEVELS?
By Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Ph.D., manager of watershed partnerships We all want clean and healthy rivers. How about helping to keep them that way? Join in the Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River! You never know what you'll find. The oldest “piece of trash” was not trash at all. Volunteers discovered a skull cap … Continue reading Get wet…Get dirty…Get involved
By Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Ph.D., manager of watershed partnerships Some people have plenty of excuses why they don’t wear a life jacket when paddling or boating, but there’s not a single good reason. According to a recent report from the U.S. Coast Guard: • Drowning was reported as the cause of death in 79 percent … Continue reading A life jacket is a life saver
By Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Ph.D., manager of watershed partnerships Many people think about the dangers of cold-water immersion when the temperatures begin to turn cooler in the fall. But springtime can create a false sense of security because while the air may be warm, the water may not be. And if you capsize, the “cold … Continue reading Cold-water immersion a springtime danger, too