While there is a persistent fear of flooding in cities around the world, people and businesses along the Great Miami River go confidently about their lives hardly giving flooding a thought. Since 1922, homes and businesses are protected by MCD’s system of five dry dams, retarding basins, 55 miles of levees, and preserved floodplain which provide a nearly unparalleled level of protection.
Recent river water sampling by the Miami Conservancy District (MCD) shows some Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) compounds appear to be present in the major rivers that make up the Great Miami River Watershed. These results provide further evidence that PFAS compounds are a growing challenge to our region. A strategic roadmap for dealing with the presence of these chemicals in our natural water is needed to help address this challenge. The issue of PFAS toxicity in treated drinking water, as well as natural waters, has gained worldwide attention in recent years. For background information on PFAS read MCD blogs: https://www.mcdwater.org/pfas-the-forever-chemicals-three-part-series/
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 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!
By Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Ph.D., manager of watershed partnerships Could your land use plan be holding back your community? It could if you’re not focusing on balancing water protection with land development. This region is averaging about 4 more inches of precipitation per year than it did 30 years ago. Stronger storms, heavier rainfalls and … Continue reading Green development could mean green backs for your community
By Mike Ekberg, MCD manager for water resources monitoring and analysis Did you know MCD tracks precipitation, groundwater levels, and flow in rivers and streams? This information helps MCD and its partner agencies with flood forecasting, groundwater quantity monitoring, and understanding water movement into and out of the Great Miami River Watershed. Here’s what we … Continue reading MCD has its eye on water
By Mike Ekberg, MCD water resources manager Stories about droughts, water shortages, and aquifers drying up are in the news with regularity these days, especially in places throughout the western United States. What are the chances that our aquifer could run dry? Are the water levels in the Great Miami River Watershed and its buried … Continue reading Region’s water levels more stable than other parts of the U.S.