What will winter 2021-2022 bring?

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?

Get the dirt on the benefits of healthy soil

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

We need to talk about the birds and the bees

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

SEVERE DROUGHT IN THE WEST–WHAT ABOUT OUR REGION’S WATER LEVELS?

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?

MCD dams storing water more often than ever before

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

2020 Precipitation: Up, Down and All Around

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

Water Stewardship Summary Report 2012-2019

MCD has released a new report on Water Stewardship that discusses the region's water challenges and how communities can take action and build resiliency to address those challenges.. Mike Ekberg, MCD manager of water resources monitoring and analysis, and Sarah Hippensteel Hall, manager of watershed partnerships, are currently visiting county commissions and key stakeholders to present … Continue reading Water Stewardship Summary Report 2012-2019

2019-2020 Winter Outlook

By Mike Ekberg, manager of water resources monitoring and analysis It’s late November, and winter 2019–2020 is right around the corner. That means it’s time to discuss the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Winter Outlook. Before I do, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at last year’s Winter Outlook and … Continue reading 2019-2020 Winter Outlook

You can never be too prepared

By Cory Paul, executive director, Red Cross Dayton Area Chapter The importance of being prepared has been renewed in the last several months after the Miami Valley responded to an outbreak of devastating tornadoes. The most common sentiment I heard was, “I never thought it could happen here.” We’ve been reminded that “it” can happen … Continue reading You can never be too prepared