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Improving Water Quality Projects

MCD was awarded a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Targeted Watershed Grant in 2003 to implement projects that protect water resources. These projects are guided by three principles: broad stakeholder involvement, environmental results, and market incentives. MCD partnered with local communities, universities, and nonprofit organizations to implement projects in the Great Miami River Watershed.

Project #1: Stillwater River Watershed

Reduce nutrient and sediment impairment in the Stillwater River Watershed

This performance-based cost share program offers voluntary financial incentives to farmers to use best management practices to reduce nutrient runoff from farmland. The Ohio State University, Stillwater Watershed Project and the Natural Resources Conservation Service partnered on this project. Payments are dependent on measurable achievement of water quality improvements.

Project #2: Loramie Creek
Reduce nutrient and sediment impairment in the Loramie Creek Watershed

An innovative two-stage ditch was constructed to demonstrate its ability to decrease sediment and nutrient transport, improve drainage and ecological function, increase ditch stability and reduce maintenance requirements. Along with MCD, The Ohio State University and the Loramie Valley Alliance partnered on this project.

Project #3: Sustainable Watershed Strategies
Building Our Future in the Great Miami River Watershed

Cost-share incentives were provided to communities and organizations to implement innovative low impact development strategies to assist with NPDES Phase II stormwater management requirements, water resource protection related to development, and water impairment issues.

Local examples of Low Impact Development 

1) New Housing Development uses Conservation Design

2) Communities Update Zoning Codes to Enhance Stream Protection.

3) Enhanced Wetland Slows Stormwater and Filters Pollutants

4) Filtering Stormwater from Municipal Facilities and Construction Sites

5) Reducing Pollutant Runoff from a Municipal Parking Lot

6) Pervious Pavers and Rain Gardens Filter Pollutants

7) Building Green Homes in Urban Communities


Low Impact Development brochure (1.5MB)

Low Impact Development booklet

Getting Better WaterQuality from an
Agricultural Ditch (418KB)