Below are the results I sent to the Mill Creek Restoration Project www.millcreekrestoration.org. Unlike Keehner Park, where we did our fall study, this stream is in excellent condition (according to the data we collected), I will let you know if I hear differently.
Here are the field trip details:
What: Mill Creek Restoration Water Quality Program
Where: Union Center Blvd Creek You park in the parking lot for the RAVE Theater near the second entrance to the shopping center (the sign says theater entrance). The stream is down under Union Center Blvd.
When: Wednesday April 28th 12:30 PM (please eat lunch beforehand)
Who: Homeschoolers ages 6-14
Please come dressed for the weather (rain or shine--the program is held regardless of weather) and wear boots or water shoes as we will be getting into the water to do the macroinvertebrate study, water temperature and to pull water samples.
The water quality study is extremely hands on and includes macroinvertebrate collection, water sampling, and running tests on the water including nitrate levels, water turbidity, phosphate levels,
dissolved oxygen, ph levels, water temperature and fecal coliform bacteria testing. Each child will get to participate in running each of the tests, they will rotate in groups through stations where each
test will be conducted.
Mill Creek in southwest Ohio is one of the most severely polluted and physically degraded streams in the United States. In 1997, because of its multiple stressors and sources of pollution, the national river conservation group American Rivers designated Mill Creek as "the most endangered urban river in North America."
The stream flows 28 miles south from its headwaters in Butler County through the geographic heart of Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati to its confluence with the Ohio River, just west of the
downtown riverfront. Its watershed covers southeast Butler County and approximately the central third of Hamilton County and encompasses all or parts of 37 political jurisdictions. Within the City of Cincinnati, over forty neighborhoods are located in the Mill Creek drainage basin.