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
By Mike Ekberg, manager of water resources monitoring and analysis Whether you’re just curious and want to know how much rain fell in the Miami Valley region over the past 24 hours. Or you’re an engineer who needs to know the highest river level for infrastructure design. Or you’re a hydrologist needing groundwater levels for … Continue reading Get the water data info you want
By Mike Ekberg, manager of water resources monitoring and analysis MCD flood protection dams are storing water more often than at any other time since the dams were completed almost 100 years ago. That’s because the Miami Valley’s climate is getting wetter. Can the flood protection dams handle more rain? A rising 30-year average precipitationAverage annual … Continue reading MCD dams storing water more often than ever before
By Mike Ekberg, manager of water resources monitoring and analysisNote: At MCD, we track water movement into and out of Great Miami River Watershed over long periods of time, spanning decades. The records generated by our observer precipitation stations, stream gages, and observation wells allow MCD staff to examine long-term trends in water resources. Water … Continue reading 2020 Precipitation: Up, Down and All Around