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

Dam concrete repair necessary to ensure future performance

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

Earn your Water Diploma – Enroll at Great Miami U!

Win a gift card to your favorite local brewery or coffee shop At most universities you pay to learn. At Great Miami U, we’ll pay you (if we pick your name in a drawing of all our graduates). Earning your degree from Great Miami U is free and easy. And better yet, it only takes … Continue reading Earn your Water Diploma – Enroll at Great Miami U!

Bike trail and river conditions just a couple clicks away

By Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Ph.D., manager of watershed partnerships Before you head out on your next cycling or paddling adventure along the Great Miami, be sure to check out bike trail and river conditions. It’s always best to know before you go! The live Bike Trail and River Conditions Map on the Great Miami Riverway website helps … Continue reading Bike trail and river conditions just a couple clicks away

One simple act can lead to a safe summer on the water

By Sarah Hippensteel Hall, manager of watershed partnerships The Great Miami, Stillwater, and Mad rivers offer many paddling, rowing, and power boating opportunities. Our water trail maps take you to public access sites and give you safety information. And one simple act can help you have a safe summer on the water. Wear your life … Continue reading One simple act can lead to a safe summer on the water

Spreading the value of water

By Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Ph.D., MCD manager of watershed partnerships Water is the Rodney Dangerfield of resources. Like Dangerfield used to say, it “don’t get no respect.” Let’s face it. You can’t live without water. But I’ll bet you don’t think twice when you turn on the faucet. You just expect that good quality water … Continue reading Spreading the value of water

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

Fish and bugs love low dam modification and removal

By Mike Ekberg, manager of water resources monitoring and analysis What if I told you the Great Miami River in Dayton has some of the healthiest populations of fish and macroinvertebrates (stream bugs) and provides some of the best aquatic habitat in Ohio? You probably wouldn't believe me. After all, urban rivers aren’t often associated … Continue reading Fish and bugs love low dam modification and removal

Southwest Ohio – Ready to be hub of water research and technology

By Mike Ekberg, manager of water resources monitoring and analysis Our region is ready to be the hub of water knowledge and know-how. Initiatives are under way in southwest Ohio to position our region as a leader in water research and technology development to help deal with world water challenges such as scarcity and contamination. … Continue reading Southwest Ohio – Ready to be hub of water research and technology

No “silver bullet” to improving Great Miami River water quality

By Mike Ekberg, manager of water monitoring and analysis Drastically reducing nutrient discharges from wastewater treatment plants won’t be enough to further improve water quality in the Great Miami River from Troy to just downstream of Fairfield, Ohio. That’s what a study, funded by 15 regional wastewater treatment plants and cities, showed. Excessive nutrients in water … Continue reading No “silver bullet” to improving Great Miami River water quality