Helping the River from Home

Educating Residents:  A Key Component

With funding from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF), an essential part of the Saturday Stream Snapshot program is to educate area residents about the negative impact that excess nutrients can have on the river and its wildlife.  The program aims to empower residents with knowledge about nutrient pollution and teach them practical steps they can take at home to improve water quality in their area of the watershed. 

Here are some Best Management Practices you can do at home to minimize the impact of nutrients on our beloved Little Miami River:  You can learn more with our content series  on the Resources tab linked above.

Water Quantity BMPs

Best Management Practices (BMPs)  for water quantity are designed to detain stormwater and either 1) release it slowly to reduce flashy flows downstream, or 2) infiltrate it into the soil where it can recharge the groundwater.

The best way to control stormwater quality and quantity is to route stormwater away from storm drains to places it can be taken-up by plants and/or infiltrate into the soil. Often, major gains in stormwater management can be made simply by changing the direction of a downspout to drain into landscaped or lawn areas and away from impervious surfaces (e.g. concrete or asphalt).

Water Quality BMPs

Water quality BMPs keep potential pollutants out of streams.  This is achieved by 1) keeping pollutants covered and out of the flow path of stormwater, or 2) separating pollutants that have already been picked up by stormwater through settling in detention areas or filtering through soil or a similar medium.

Many don't realize it, but all of these are threats to downstream water quality: pet waste, soap from car washing, pool/hot tub water, oil/gasoline, paints, batteries, leaking dumpster fluids, etc. 

You can minimize the impact of your lawn care practices on local streams in several ways: