Mill Creek Watershed Project
The Mill Creek Watershed Council and the Signage Subcommittee of the Hamilton County Wet Weather Initiative are hoping to increase residential awareness about surface water resources through watershed signage and education. By working together with the Institute of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Colerain Township administrative staff, a program is being developed to address the education needed to ensure the future health of Colerain Township’s water resources.
Watershed Awareness: What We Don’t Know & Why We Need To Know It
Most people do not realize that our every day activities can affect the health of local creeks and watersheds as well as the overall quality of life in our communities. In order to maintain these unique systems, we need to gain an understanding of them.
Sources of Pollution
What often surprises people is that instead of business and industry being the major polluters it is the unintentional actions of citizens that are the problem. Urban pollution, primarily in the form of run-off, is a major culprit of water pollution. Most of the pollution generated from common household activities such as car washing and the improper disposal of household hazardous waste, yard waste, and automobile fluids is harming local waterways because it often flows directly into our storm drains. The water flowing into storm drains does not get treated, therefore any pollutant introduced to the storm sewers will have a direct negative effect on water quality.
Pollutants we dispose of in our creeks can travel into downstream creeks, such as Springfield Township; however, the downstream creeks not only get our pollution but the pollution of other upstream communities, such as Green Township.
Our Drinking Water
Groundwater is affected by pollutants and is a part of a watershed just as creeks and lakes are. Groundwater has the ability to flow but it also can be stored underground. Stored groundwater is called an aquifer. Aquifers are sources of drinking water for the public. In Colerain Township there are two aquifers, the Great Miami aquifer and the Mill Creek aquifer. Colerain Township gets its drinking water from the Great Miami aquifer. This water gets treated at the Charles M. Bolton Treatment Plant located in Fairfield, Ohio.
This plant treats groundwater from ten wells in the Great Miami aquifer and services other communities including:
- New Burlington
- North College Hill
- Springfield Townships
This plant serves about 12% of the Greater Cincinnati Water Work’s (GCWW) customers.
We would like to thank those who took the time and effort to respond to our survey, be on the look out for another survey in the spring.
You can reach Dave Schmitt, Executive Director of the Mill Creek Watershed Council, at 513-563-8800 or get further information at Mill Creek Alliance.