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None of us wants to throw thousands of dollars down the drain or put our family’s health at risk. But if you have a septic system and don’t maintain it, you could be doing just that.



Whether you’re looking for restaurants or shops, paddling or cycling, museums or events, you’ll find it along the Great Miami Riverway, the new brand for the river corridor.



MCD lost a dear friend, dedicated advocate and long-time board member with the passing of Thomas B. Rentschler on Oct. 25.

Water needs you because you need water.


Montgomery County residents can receive free nitrate and iron screenings of their well water on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. The Test Your Well event also will provide free arsenic, copper and lead testing to the first 50 people. Learn more.



Residents of Miami County can bring well-water and soil samples for free testing on Monday, Nov. 14, at Miami East High School cafeteria, 3925 North State Route 589 in Casstown. The event will be held from 4:30 to 6:30. Get all of the details.

Most of us take water for granted. We expect safe, reliable water to flow from the tap. But what if it didn’t? A day without water is nothing short of a crisis. That's why MCD is participating in "Imagine a Day Without Water" campaign on Sept. 15


The Miami Conservancy District (MCD) has been named a bronze level Bike Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists.



What's a head for our region's water.



Climate change  is it real? Does it matter?



Is water in the Great Miami River safe for recreation?

El Niño, lots of precipitation and a December high-water event were all part of the 2015 Year in Review.


Due to weather, the trail closure at Miamisburg is extended through Monday, Jan. 25.



A section of the Mad River Bike Trail in Dayton will be closed for up to 23 months as the city of Dayton replaces the Webster Street Bridge.



A section of the Great Miami River Bike Trail in Miamisburg is closed and is set to reopen on Saturday, Jan. 23.



MCD headquarters hits 100-year milestone this month. Find out the history of the building  who paid for it and why.



Seeing floodwaters surrounding structures like amphitheaters and pavilions or covering bike trails can be disturbing. But park improvements like Founders Point pavilion in the river bottom at RiverScape MetroPark in Dayton and structures under construction at Treasure Island in Troy as well as bike trails along the Great Miami River were designed and built to withstand flooding.

2015 News


About 3 to 5 inches of rain fell over the Great Miami River Watershed between Dec. 23-29. At the height of the high-water event, the retarding basins behind MCD’s five dams stored a
total of 14.2 billion gallons of water, making this the 32nd largest event in MCD history.

Recent National Weather Service (NWS) flood watches and warnings do not apply to the lands protected by the Miami Conservancy District (MCD).

Although the rain may have stopped, MCD staff continues to monitor river levels, taking the necessary steps to keep the protected riverfront cities safe from flooding from the Great Miami River.


“Confluence,” a water-drop shaped stainless steel sculpture, is the latest artwork added to downtown Dayton. The sculpture, commissioned by the late Gayle B. Price, long-time MCD board member, was donated to MCD by the Price Family.


Although water quality in our rivers and streams has greatly improved over the past few decades, about 40 percent still fail to meet water quality standards. Excess nutrients are a main cause. Read our latest blogpost to learn how the region is working to improve water quality.



Learn more about our region's water through MCD's new blog. Check out our latest post: Pollution shut down Toledo's drinking water -- could it happen here?



Janet Bly, Miami Conservancy District general manager, was named “Corridor Champion of the Year,” last night by the Ohio’s Great Corridor Association (OGCA).

Beth Whelley has been appointed to the MCD Board of Directors to serve out the term of retired board member, the late Gayle B. Price, Jr.


Great Miami River cities were dry over the weekend as all five MCD dams held back water until the river could handle it safely. MCD staff closed gates on storm sewers in Troy, West Carrollton, Middletown, and Hamilton. Currently, only Englewood Dam on the Stillwater River remains in storage.



In low-lying sections, the Great Miami and Mad River bikeways near downtown Dayton, as well as some areas in Moraine, Miamisburg and Miami Township remain closed today due to high water and/or muddy conditions. Trail users should not attempt to use trails under water due to dangerous currents and other unseen hazards. As the trails dry off, please allow MCD workers time to remove debris and clean off the deposited silt and mud.



The Great Miami River Bikeway in Dayton between Deeds Point and Helena St. has reopened following the installation of new railing under State Route 4/Interstate 75.



The Great Miami River Bikeway in Dayton will be closed between Deeds Point and Helena Street for construction beginning Monday, March 9.



Long-time Miami Conservancy District Board of Directors member, Gayle B. Price, Jr., retired from the board on Monday, Feb. 16 – his 85th birthday.



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?


Around the watershed


A local partnership between farmers and wastewater treatment plants to improve water quality is again gaining national attention.



Learn more about our region's water through MCD's new blog. MCD's Water Resources Manager, Mike Ekberg, will cover national studies, MCD studies, and a variety of water-related topics.



The Miami Conservancy District celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. But MCD might never have been formed if not for the determination and perseverance of a few men.



A year-long study by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) validates the economic potential of the Great Miami River corridor, from bringing more tourists and generating additional small businesses to attracting additional workforce and driving larger businesses to the region.

2014 News



A free Test Your Well Water Fair will be held on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Carlisle High School Science Lab, 250 Jamaica Road in Carlisle.



Just a reminder, the eighth annual Greene County Test Your Well and Soil event is set for Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Xenia High School cafeteria, 303 Kinsey Road in Xenia.



MCD has released its new report on water quality and quantity in Great Miami River Watershed.



The eighth annual Greene County Test Your Well and Soil event is set for Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Xenia High School cafeteria, 303 Kinsey Road in Xenia.


Repaving that was scheduled to begin along the Great Miami River Recreation Trail in Moraine, West Carrollton and Miamisburg has been delayed but is still expected to be complete by the end of August.



Cyclists will soon have a smoother ride along parts of the Great Miami River Recreation Trail. Construction of four sections of the trail is set to begin July 28.



June brought an average of 5.95 inches of precipitation in the Great Miami River Watershed 1.88 inches above normal for the month. The high station was Lockington Dam (9.15 inches), and the low station was Englewood Dam (3.41 inches). As of the end of June, the Great Miami River Watershed had received 22.99 inches of precipitation in 2014 which is 2.73 inches above normal for this point in the year.  



Just a reminder, Montgomery County is replacing the Ridge Avenue Bridge so the Stillwater River Bikeway has a short detour through Triangle Park. Trail users are re-routed along the Great Miami River Bikeway between DeWeese Park and the southern tip of Triangle Park. Construction is expected to be completed by September of 2015.



Great story about the Great Miami River Trail.



MCD dams and levees prevented additional flooding during last night's intense rainfall, which closed parts of I-70 and I-75.



All five of The Miami Conservancy District (MCD) dams are storing floodwater this afternoon after snowmelt earlier this week, saturated ground from a long winter, and less than an inch of rain.