Before school lets out for summer, third graders from Hopewell Elementary helped plant two rain gardens on May 27 as part of a stromwater and riparian enhancement project on the school’s campus.Representatives from the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities (Council), Cardno, and Butler Soil and Water Conservation District (BSWCD) spent the morning educating the students on the benefits of a rain garden and helping supervise the planting.
Navigating the Mill Creek is always an adventure! A group of 24 people participated in a canoe float with the Mill Creek Yacht Club on Sunday, May 17. Armed with high boots and baseball hats, the group started at the Twin Creek Preserve in Sharonville, and ended at Columbia Avenue Bridge in Reading.
On Wednesday, May 13, a group of 50 volunteers from P&G assisted with the large task of planting native trees and shrubs in two new bioswales in North Fairmount as part of the North Fairmount Urban Water Grant project. The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) teamed up with the Council and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to make this event a success.
Cincinnati Public Schools held a ribbon cutting to dedicate the Roberts Academy Front Yard Stormwater Demonstration Project on Monday, May 11. The program began with a welcoming song from the Kindergarten students from Roberts Academy. Community leaders and project partners then made presentations and participated in a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
A large pile of old tires was hidden from view within the riparian corridor of a Mill Creek tributary for years before volunteers with the Mill Creek Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program spotted them at one of their sampling sites. Volunteer Barb McGraw, passed along a photo and details about the tire sighting to a staff member of the Council, and then began a series of steps to get the tires removed.
Volunteers are battling honeysuckle this spring to help decrease the density of this invasive plant in Mill Creek’s riparian corridors.