MCD General Manager Janet Bly to retire May 6

Like the organization she led, Janet Bly has had an understated but powerful impact on Ohio’s Miami Valley. On May 6, she retires as the Miami Conservancy District’s general manager. With a background in human resources, Ms. Bly joined the Miami Conservancy District (MCD) in 1994 after holding positions in manufacturing, health care, and city government. In 2002, she was named MCD’s general manager, responsible for leading the organization that provides flood protection, water stewardship, and outdoor recreation for communities along the Great Miami River.

Wear it: Your excuses don’t hold water

By Brenda Gibson, public relations manager How many different ways can we say it? Wearing a life jacket can save your life. We know, we know. You have all kinds of reasons why you don’t want to wear it. Here are five excuses we’ve heard for not wearing a life jacket and why they don’t … Continue reading Wear it: Your excuses don’t hold water

More than 4 feet of precipitation in 2018!

By Mike Ekberg, manager of water resources monitoring and analysis One year ago, I wrote a blogpost summarizing the year 2017 as “another wet year.” Now I’m summarizing water conditions for 2018, and I could pretty much copy and paste what I posted last year. And, with some minor changes, it would ring true. Last year … Continue reading More than 4 feet of precipitation in 2018!

MCD monitoring winter weather systems whether mild or wild

Like it or not, winter 2018 – 2019 is upon us. What kind of winter can we expect in the Miami Valley this year? Will it be cold and snowy, or mild and dry? It’s hard to say, according to the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). The go-to signs that often signal winter weather … Continue reading MCD monitoring winter weather systems whether mild or wild

View time-lapse video of Tait Station low dam removal

Work on the removal of the Tait Station low dam is progressing nicely. At the end of October, the project was more than 75 percent complete and is expected to be finished by the end of the year. The Ohio Department of Transportation is fully funding the $1.75 million project to remove the Tait Station low … Continue reading View time-lapse video of Tait Station low dam removal

A little goes a long way with septic system maintenance

By Mike Ekberg, manager for water resources monitoring and analysis The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” rings especially true if you have a septic system. Consider this: It only costs about $300 every four years to maintain your septic system. But it can cost $7,000 to $10,000 or … Continue reading A little goes a long way with septic system maintenance

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

National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 11-17

By Mike Ekberg, manager for water monitoring and analysis Groundwater may seem mysterious. You can’t see it. You can’t hear it. You can’t touch it. Yet, it may be the most important resource we have because, quite simply, we can’t live without water. While this region has plenty of good quality groundwater, we can’t take … Continue reading National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 11-17

Refreshing, replenishing…and our responsiblity

There’s nothing like a tall, cool glass of water when you’re hot and thirsty (despite this week's cold, you will be hot again). But, do you know where your drinking water comes from? If you live in the Miami Valley, chances are your water comes from the buried valley aquifer. When it comes to water, … Continue reading Refreshing, replenishing…and our responsiblity

Water — It’s time to make it personal 

By Sarah Hippensteel Hall, manager for watershed partnerships You turn the on the faucet and good quality water comes out it, right? But what if it didn’t? Imagine a day without water. In the first hour alone, you couldn’t flush the toilet, brush your teeth, take a shower or make a cup of coffee. Beyond … Continue reading Water — It’s time to make it personal