According to the measurements taken by MCD over the last 35 years, the water supplies in the Great Miami River Watershed are in what’s called a “steady state.” That means the amount of water that flows into the watershed is roughly equal to the amount of water that flows out. In other words, the amount of water stored in the 4,000 square miles of land that drains into the Great Miami River is relatively constant over the last 35 years. Most of the water stored in the Great Miami River Watershed is in aquifers and lakes.
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
Whether you’re looking to learn more about the region’s water or searching for specific water information, the answers may be a click away. Miami Conservancy District (MCD) offers easy-to-access fact sheets, videos, live water data, reports and infographics—all about water—on our website http://www.mcdwater.org. We have resources for river users, well owners, scientists, city/county staff, and … Continue reading Got Water Info?
By Don O’Connor, P.E., chief of construction and planning MCD is committed to keeping the dams and other flood protection structures operating safely and properly for your protection. To that end, we are nearing completion on a $2.61 million project to improve concrete at Lockington Dam. Over the last 13 months, MCD’s contractor has removed … Continue reading Dam concrete repair necessary to ensure future performance
By Mike Ekberg, manager of water resources monitoring and analysisIt’s the beginning of November and winter is just around the corner. What kind of a winter can we expect in the Miami Valley this year? Winter 2020–2021 might be wetter than normal with frequent storm events tracking across our region. Wetter than normal means above-average winter … Continue reading What Will 2020-2021 Winter Bring?