- SPECIAL EVENT
- October 19, 2004
Water District Sponsors First Stream Clean-Up
Butler County Storm Water District recently conducted a Stream
Clean-Up on a quarter mile stretch of Indian Creek just south
of Millville in Ross Township. This portion of Indian Creek was
targeted for the project after discovering a large amount of
trash and other waste from the U.S. 27 bridge in Millville. This
stretch of stream receives runoff from several urban storm sewers
as well as illegal dumping by some Millville residents. The project
was organized and executed by the Butler Soil and Water Conservation
District (SWCD) and much of the physical labor was provided by
Environmental Action Alliance of Oxford. Environmental Action
Alliance is a volunteer activist organization comprised of students
from Miami University who have keen interest in protecting local
environmental resources. Their volunteer effort in this project
clean-up, volunteers collected five 55-gallon bags of trash,
one 55-gallon bag of plastic recyclables, one 55-gallon bag of
aluminum recyclables, over 200 pounds of scrap metal, a 10-foot
long cable wire, three tires, one car battery, and over 50 pounds
of dirty diapers!!
was properly disposed in waste receptacles at the Butler SWCD
while members of Environmental Action Alliance took many of the
recyclables back to Miami University's Recycling Center. Miami
University was recently recognized as national award winner of
"Recycle Mania" by the US EPA.
such as these are labor intensive, yet simple best management
practices (BMPs) to improve water quality in urban and suburban
settings. Stream clean-ups are an excellent method to allow local
citizens a chance to see and experience their rivers and streams,
while at the same time providing citizens with the opportunity
to see the destruction and impairment that a few local citizens
are placing on water quality in their communities.
help to meet public participation and outreach criteria goals
set forth by the Ohio EPA's Phase II Program.
- Students from Miami University volunteer
to help with the Indian Creek stream clean-up in Ross Township.
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