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Welcome New Staff Members Bennett & Linda!

We are excited to welcome two new members to our staff!

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Bennett Kottler, Project Manager, grew up in the Bronx, New York. Bennett earned a bachelor's degree in biology with a concentration in marine science from Boston University, and a master's degree and a doctorate, both in environmental toxicology from Cornell University for his research on microbial ecology and the fate of organic pollutants in soil, respectively. Most recently he was a Project Manager for CBRE conducting environmental site assessments for real-estate transactions throughout the Midwest. Before his wife accepted a professorship at UC, Bennett lived in New Orleans for a year. Previously Bennett lived in Reno, Nevada for 10 years enjoying the Sierra Nevadas and working at the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) as supervisor of Air Quality Planning and the State of Nevada Petroleum Fund.  At the NDEP he also gave oversight on remediation cases ranging from residential heating oil tanks to a 1,600-acre site used to test engines for the Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs. During this time Bennett became a licensed PE in Environmental Engineering. For four years previously, Bennett taught environmental science, policy, and education at the University of Nevada Reno and Southern Connecticut State University. Bennett spent four years teaching science in New York City to students ranging in age from 6 to 76. Bennett loves all things food and music, and regularly plays banjo and guitar with the Hot Magnolias—a Cincinnati-based New Orleans-style party band. He lives in Oakley with his wife, daughter, and three cats.

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Linda Keller, Office Manager, comes to us with a diverse range of skills, valuable experience, and a strong commitment to community and non-profit work. Linda is a positive and optimistic person with experience connecting residents and designing educational programs. Linda has a background working as an educator, program coordinator, and adult technology instructor as well as wearing many hats as an office manager. She has worked in previous roles at the Children’s Home, The Women’s Connection, Elder High School, and BANDI Wear. Linda also served in the Peace Corps where she built a strong foundation in working toward solutions. Linda received her BFA in Drawing and Ceramic Sculpture from the prestigious college of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning at the University of Cincinnati, and an M.Ed from UC’s college of Education. Linda lives in College Hill , and we are thrilled to have her on our team!

24th Annual Mill Creek Valley Cleanup


2018 marks the 24th annual Mill Creek Valley Cleanup. The event will take place in the communities of Sharonville, Evendale and Reading on Friday, April 20 from 9am–1pm. We are still in need of a 15 volunteers. 

The cleanups will occur in the stream by canoe, so be prepared for walking through thick brush and getting muddy. Please dress appropriately and wear closed-toe footwear. 

Contact Deb Beck with questions or to volunteer at

Join us at Rhinegeist on April 25 for Charitable Suds!

Join us at Rhinegeist Brewery on Wednesday, April 25 from 5-8pm for Charitable Suds!

A portion of the proceed from the evening's sales benefit the Mill Creek Alliance. 

Through collaborative action, the Mill Creek Alliance and the Mill Creek Yacht Club strive to make the Mill Creek Watershed a more desirable place to live, work, and play.

Special thanks to Rhinegeist Brewery and Cincinnati Public Radio for their generosity in hosting this event. 




Mill Creek Alliance Signing Ceremony

Announcing the launch of the Mill Creek Alliance!

After extensive consideration, the boards of the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities and Groundwork Cincinnati - Mill Creek have decided that the two nonprofits will merge. The new organization will be called the Mill Creek Alliance. Its mission will be to enhance the environment and quality of life in the Mill Creek Watershed.

We invite you to celebrate the next chapter in our history at a special event with Groundwork Cincinnati – Mill Creek on the banks of the Mill Creek. We promise to entertain you with some surprises as we sign documents in a dramatic ceremony to make the merger official. You’ll be amused as you see how our leaders arrive at the ceremony. Please join us on Friday, March 2, at 11 am at Salway Park, 4250 Spring Grove Ave. near Crawford Avenue in the City of Cincinnati. Use the southernmost entrance for the Mill Creek Greenway-Salway Trailhead near the Old Timber Inn. Registration is encouraged but not required by calling the Council’s office at 513-563-8800 or emailing

Admiral Kao USA, Inc.

Kao USA, Inc. is committed to the environment and their community. We are incredibly thankful for their time, energy, and support. We're proud to say Kao USA, Inc. is in our Corporate Program at the level of Admiral.

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