North Fairmount Urban Water Grant Project Planting
On Wednesday, May 13, a group of 50 volunteers from P&G assisted with the large task of planting native trees and shrubs in two new bioswales in North Fairmount as part of the North Fairmount Urban Water Grant project. The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) teamed up with the Council and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to make this event a success.
With shovels and rakes in hand, volunteers helped plant a variety of plant species including: redbud, spicebush, redtwig dogwood, red maple, and eastern red cedar. In addition to planting, volunteers helped to lay wood chips for a walking trail through the newly landscaped property. MSD pre-drilled the tree and shrub locations outside of the basin and Allison Landscaping laid out the plants in advance and offered instruction and techniques to the volunteers for planting.
The location of this project on Denham Street between Linden and Beekman streets is significant because the improvements are predicted to remove and detain 250,000 gallons of stormwater annually. MSD has been actively trying to reduce the amount of combined sewer overflows to the Mill Creek; successful completion of this project and other stormwater management projects go a long way in improving water quality and habitat in the Mill Creek and its tributaries.
Aside from planting, volunteers coordinated trash and litter pickup in the surrounding neighborhood. The volunteers succeed at beautifying the landscape around the Mill Creek helping to keep it clean. Thank you to the volunteers from P&G for their hard work and to Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, MSD, and Allison Landscaping for their help in making this project a success! This project was financed in part through a grant from the Ohio EPA under the provisions of the Surface Water Improvement Fund.