Organization: Mill Creek Alliance
Since the mid-1990s, many improvement projects have been implemented in the Mill Creek Watershed by various organizations. The water quality has shown substantial improvement. This trend will continue as long as the watershed’s key stakeholders continue efforts to improve the stream and its tributaries. Measuring these improvements relies on consistent quality data to quantify the effectiveness of specific projects and policy changes in achieving water quality and habitat benefits. The Mill Creek Alliance has worked diligently to obtain continuous comprehensive quality data specific to the Mill Creek Watershed since 2013.
The Alliance provides a thorough framework of water chemistry that meets the standards of the Ohio Credible Data Law (Level II). Data collection serves as an exemplary resource for connecting residents to the watershed, and educating the community on the importance of protecting their shared water resource. Long-term data collection contributes to region-specific data for environmental and economic improvements.
Our dedicated volunteer citizen scientists visit 52 sites throughout the Mill Creek Watershed on the second Saturday of every month, March through November. Some water quality monitoring volunteers collect water samples and make stream observations in the field, while others receive the samples at the Upper Mill Creek Water Reclamation Facility laboratory and analyze for eight parameters: nitrates, total phosphorus, conductivity, turbidity, pH, E. coli/coliforms, optical brighteners, and InVivo Chlorophyll a.
Data from previous years can be accessed below. If you are interested in joining the program as a volunteer or have questions, contact us.
The Mill Creek Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program is made possible by generous funding from Butler County Storm Water District. We are also grateful to the Butler County Water & Sewer Department and its supportive staff for providing the lab space and direction for the program. Support through advancement in technology is provided by RA Consultants, LLC. And finally, the Alliance thanks the committed volunteers for their dedication to making this program successful.
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