This project was made possible thanks to funding from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund and Dayton Power & Light and the hard work and support of the Boy Scouts Troop 51, Waynesville, OH and the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District
-What are the blue and white signs I see around the Township? Have you ever wondered how a stream got its name? Or where it flows?
Wayne Township is placing signs around the community where many streams cross roadways to highlight the route of these streams as they flow into the Little Miami River. These smaller streams make up the Little Miami River Watershed. The signs also call attention to the waterways that have yet to be named. If the sign does not have a stream name on it, then it needs a name!
Consider the following guidlines from the federal Board on Geographic Names:
DO consider names already in common usage for the stream.
DO use imaginative, distinctive names suggested by folklore, topography and natural life.
DO NOT suggest a name commemorating a living person
DO use simple names (best to limit your name to two words --including "Creek" or "Run" etc.)
DO NOT use a name that is already used for another stream in Warren County.
To see an interactive map with existing stream names, click here.
-What is a watershed? A watershed consists of all the smaller streams and tributaries that flow into a river or body of water.
-Why do they matter? Watersheds directly affect water quality, which impacts not only recreational but drinking water too. As our smaller streams and tributaries flow into the Little Miami River, they pick up nutrients as well as pollutants from runoff. Runoff occurs on residential lawns as well as farm fields.
For example, algae blooms are often caused from excess fertilizer in runoff. Certain types of algae blooms can be dangerous to humans, pets and wildlife.
-How can residents do their part to care for the Little Miami River watershed?
Do not use more fertilizer than you need.
Overuse of fertilizers containing phosphorus and nitrogen significantly contribute to the formation of harmful algae blooms in bodies of water. At home soil testers are commonly available at garden centers.
Just as these nutrients help residential landscapes grow green and lush, the aggregation of these nutrients in runoff acts the same way for algae. Algae blooms happen when algae growth occurs too rapidly in warm, calm water with dense nutrient levels of nitrogen and phosphorus, thus creating an imbalance in the water's ecology.
If possible, rotate the placement of your plants from year to year. Rotation helps reduce the need to supplement nutrients via fertilizer and aids in controlling pests and soil blights.
Apply fertilizer at the appopriate time. Never apply fertilizer when the ground is frozen or before an expected rain. The fertilizer will runoff at increased rates.
Visit http://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/ for more environmental tips.