By Mike Ekberg, MCD manager for water resources monitoring and analysis You may have heard me say this before—southwest Ohio is water rich. We have abundant, high-quality, water when compared with other parts of our country and the world. Yet, our region is not without challenges in managing water. Here are five water trends that … Continue reading Top 5 Regional Water Challenges for the 21st Century
Hoping for a mild, dry winter? You might be disappointed
El Niño gone/ La Niña here Winter 2016-2017 is upon the Dayton region, and from the looks of things it’s likely to be very different winter than winter 2015-2016. A major reason for the change is the strong El Niño conditions which persisted throughout winter 2015-2016 are gone. La Niña conditions have taken their place. … Continue reading Hoping for a mild, dry winter? You might be disappointed
Simple septic system steps save money and mess
By Mike Ekberg, Manager for Water Resources Monitoring and Analysis None of us wants to throw thousands of dollars down the drain or put our family’s health at risk. But if you have a septic system and don’t maintain it, you could be doing just that. It costs only $250 to $300 every four years to … Continue reading Simple septic system steps save money and mess
Water needs you because you need water
By Sarah Hippensteel Hall, watershed partnerships manager Manager for Watershed Partnerships Have you ever tried to live a day or even a half day without water? No morning shower, no morning coffee, no washing your clothes. Those are the simple inconveniences. But it’s more than that. No water for the doctor to wash her hands before … Continue reading Water needs you because you need water
What’s ahead for our region’s weather?
By Mike Ekberg, Manager for Water Resources Monitoring and Analysis In my August 1, blogpost, “Climate Change: Is It Real?” we noted that our climate is always changing. Some people want to debate the cause, but that’s not nearly as important as planning for the changes that are expected. A warming trend will amplify the extremes … Continue reading What’s ahead for our region’s weather?
Climate Change: Is It Real?
By Mike Ekberg, Manager for Water Resources Monitoring and Analysis Is climate change for real? Is the world getting warmer, or is all this talk about a warming climate just a bunch of hooey? Let’s consider some recent findings. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), June 2016 was the warmest June ever recorded … Continue reading Climate Change: Is It Real?
Great Miami River: Is the water safe for recreation?
By Mike Ekberg, Manager for Water Resources Monitoring and Analysis Do you like to canoe, kayak, or row on the Great Miami River? Have you ever flipped your boat and ended up soaked with a mouthful of river water? Did you worry about getting sick? River users frequently ask me, "Is the water safe?" The answer … Continue reading Great Miami River: Is the water safe for recreation?
Changes in groundwater levels?
By Mike Ekberg, Manager for Water Resources Monitoring and Analysis Groundwater levels in the aquifer beneath downtown Dayton fluctuate throughout the year. Locally, groundwater levels often peak in winter or spring and decline to their annual low in the fall. However, we’re seeing changes to the normal up-and-down cycle of groundwater in the aquifer in … Continue reading Changes in groundwater levels?
El Niño 2015/16: A recap
El Niño contributed to a mild winter in the Miami Valley By Mike Ekberg, water resources monitoring and analysis manager If you thought the region got off easy this winter, you’d be right. And you can thank El Niño. El Niños produce drier and warmer than normal winters El Niño affects weather worldwide by changing … Continue reading El Niño 2015/16: A recap
Well Owners – Is your drinking water safe?
Contamination is more common than you think By Mike Ekberg, MCD manager for water resources monitoring and analysis Hey well owners, when’s the last time you had your drinking water tested? If you’re like many well owners in the United States, you probably have never tested your water. Why should you bother? You have plenty … Continue reading Well Owners – Is your drinking water safe?