Water

Mission

Part of the Park District’s mission is to protect natural resources. We are protecting water quality in Miami County through education programs, storm drain stenciling, wetland restoration, tree plantings and river clean-ups.

  • Tens of thousands of trees have been planted in Your Parks along the riparian corridors of Lost Creek, Boone Creek, the Great Miami River, the Scenic Stillwater River and Honey Creek
  • Hundreds of storm drains have been stenciled with “Dump No Waste – Drains to River”
  • Over 50 hands-on education programs focusing on water quality
  • Over 10 acres of restored wetlands

For information on how you can help to conserve water for future generation visit the EPA’s WaterSense® link.

Watersheds

Honey Creek Reserve located in Southeastern Miami County is part of the Honey Creek Watershed. A watershed is an area of land that forms the drainage system for a stream or river. This area collects surface water from land. Healthy watersheds provide stable habitats for both biological diversity and human recreational uses. These stable systems are capable of adapting to environmental changes over time and are good indicators of the quality of the surrounding habitat.

For more information on watersheds visit this Ohio State University watershed page.

Honey Creek Watershed

Part of the Honey Creek Watershed is in the Southeastern part of Miami County. The mission of the Honey Creek Watershed Association is to protect and enhance the entire Honey Creek Watershed ground and surface water resource base by encouraging the use of, and educating the community on, water quality enhancement and watershed concepts.

Honey Creek Stream Restoration

The Miami County Park District and Honey Creek Watershed Association joined forces to complete the Honey Creek Stream Restoration which began in 2008. It was made possible with funding by the Ohio EPA through their 319 Stream Restoration Grant Program. The project included restoring and stabilizing 510 feet of stream bank, planting two acres of native tree species and two acres of native grasses to widen and enhance the riparian habitat along this section of Honey Creek. The project was completed in May of 2009.

This stream restoration project alone can improve the local water quality by reducing an estimated 41.4 tons of sediment, 82.7 pounds of nitrogen and 21.4 pounds of phosphorus from entering the Honey Creek. These reductions in nutrients from neighboring fields and sediment loading will also enhance the aquatic habitat, inviting more diverse and higher quality fish species such as the River Chub and the Scarlet Shiner.

Wetlands

The Miami County Park District in an effort to protect water quality and preserve wildlife habitats takes the conservation of wetlands very seriously. Throughout the parks you will find inland freshwater marshes, riparian corridors and vernal pools.

Wetland History

Wetlands are an important part of Ohio’s history as well as their future. Two hundred years ago there were 90% more wetlands than there are today. This is mainly because of humans. Most threat is from farming, housing developments and building large businesses. Today on the Earth only 6% of the surface is made up of wetlands. Wetlands are home to about 43% of all endangered bird species and many other endangered animals rely on these watery environments.

Why Are Wetlands Important?

The wetland habitat sustains more life than almost any other ecosystem. Wetlands provide a buffer between land and water, protecting the water from pollutants such as provide a buffer between land and water, protecting the water from pollutants such as fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides. This habitat holds water and is we during much of the growing season. When the land floods, wetlands trap or filter all the chemicals and sediment preventing erosion and preventing pollution from entering our streams and rivers. Wetlands hold back the pollution like a sponge holds back water, keeping our waterways healthy.

Wetlands Don’t Bite

Many people believe that wet marshes and other watery areas are a breeding ground for mosquitoes and therefore make their life miserable. The breeding ground part is true, but for the potential of many of the mosquitoes maturing is very low. Wetlands are home to so many mosquito-eating animals such as salamanders, dragonflies, ducks, water striders, crayfish and beetles, the mosquito population tends to be very low.

Aquatic Invasive Wildlife

As Americans, we love to spend time on the water.Protecting these resources is an important part of our overall enjoyment. A concern we must all address is the spreading of harmful plants, animals and other organisms. Click the following link to learn more about aquatic invasive species and what you can do to stop them.

Links

Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District

Great Miami River Watershed Water Trails

Ohio EPA

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