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Mill Creek by the Mile

July 9, 2018 Innings

“Mill Creek By The Mile”

by Ken Carman 

Mill Creek By The Mile is a proposed project for removing all of the Amur Honeysuckle and other invasive plants growing along the banks of the Mill Creek beginning with Sharonville, Evendale, and Reading.

The Problem – Amur Honeysuckle is by far the most abundant plant growing along the banks and immediately adjacent to the Mill Creek. This is a catastrophic problem for several reasons:   It replaces native plants.   It causes erosion.   Stream Biodiversity is affected.   Amur Honeysuckle (AH) provides an unnatural cover for deer, which can increase deer populations and spread of Lyme Disease.

The Solution – The two primary keys to a successful campaign to remove AH and other invasive plants from along the Mill Creek will be permission from property owners, and funding.

The Benefits- This project will draw attention to the Mill Creek to show the country that small creeks like this, can be a valuable resource.   The creek can play a crucial role as a primary migration corridor for migrating birds.     With removal of the invasive plants, it will allow a marked  increase in native plants.

Parks/Nature Preserves – There are several parks that border the Mill Creek, but there is a substantial amount of additional frontage that could easily be converted into small parks or nature preserves.

The Plan- Recruiting a large tree company to remove the honeysuckle.

What would it take to persuade businesses with property on one or both sides of the Mill Creek to donate, lease, or otherwise make available the portion of their land that is the Mill Creek or immediately adjacent?  This is land that realistically has little other use, and could further increase the amount of park/nature preserve space along the Mill Creek.

Chipping or moving the cut down material, stump treatment, preventing re-growth, and replanting.

Long Term – The long term strategy for keeping the plants from growing back is that the commitment from each contributing partner would continue, but at a reduced level.

Pollinator Plus Museum – The PPM could become a major revenue stream for the removal of invasive plants along the Mill Creek, and keeping it maintained moving forward.

Ken Carman Bios:

Ken grew up in a home looking over Harbor Point in Winton Woods. He mentored under the park district naturalists through the seventies, as his passion for the natural world grew. More recently Ken managed a beautiful nature preserve in South Carolina for five years, before coming back to Ohio to care for his elderly parents. In 2016 Ken started Pollinators Plus, and is working on plans to open a Pollinator Museum, and wage an all out war on invasive plants in our area. Tonight Ken is hear to talk to us about his plan to remove invasive plants from all along the Mill Creek, as a way of launching the War.

Mill Creek Bird Count

Mill Creek Birds 2018

Mill Creek Invasive Plants


Environmental Forum

Jun 4, 2018 Innings:  “ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM”

7 pm at the Scouting Achievement Center at 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh 45241

This will be a 5 min presentation by each of the presenters, then everyone will form breakout circles and have follow-up discussions on the topic of choice.  

The topics are as follows:  

Ken Carman:  “Invasive Species; The War on Amur Honeysuckle”

Loa Bennett: “Community Gardening”

Nathan Alley: “Past Plastic and Statewide Energy”

Kaniz Siddiqui:  “Ready for 100% Renewable Energy”  

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine signs useless AK Steel Consent Decree

For immediate release   April 9, 2018
Contact: Marilyn Wall, Sierra Club 513-226-9235

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine signs useless AK Steel Consent Decree

 DeWine decides studies and car washing will resolve over 600 air pollution violations

(Middletown, OH) – Sierra Club and residents near the AK Steel Middletown Works have documented over 600 air pollution violations committed by AK Steel over 5 years.  Residents are routinely assaulted by odors, smoke, fumes, black and red plumes, gases, harmful PM2.5 particulate (soot), organic compounds and the deposits of coke breeze, ash, colored particles, including kish, slag, coke, coal, dust, iron, metal and glass on their property. Fires and explosions have caused additional emissions beyond normal operations.  AK Steel has violated and continues to violate state and federally enforceable air pollution laws and emission standards.

These pollutants are known to be toxic and/or cause adverse health effects, including cancer, even at low levels.  Exposure to particulate matter including PM2.5 is linked with “premature death in people with heart or lung disease, nonfatal heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, aggravated asthma, decreased lung function, and increased respiratory symptoms”.  Nearby residents find it difficult to breathe outside their homes and chronically have to wash AK Steel pollutants off their cars and homes.

A Notice Letter to AK Steel was sent and in response, Attorney General Mike DeWine worked with AK Steel filing a  Consent Order in Butler County which fails to resolve or stop the violations, or provide an effective remedy with enforceable emission limitations. Instead DeWine allows AK Steel to merely study problems, and possibly (subject to AK Steel’s discretion) reimburse residents for car and house washing.

“This sweetheart deal does nothing for people’s health, allows ongoing property damage and fails to ensure that the emission violations at AK Steel are resolved” said Marilyn Wall, Sierra Club.

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Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler speaking at Cincinnati State April 5, 2018

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler will be speaking in Cincinnati April 5, 2018 as a guest of the Hamilton County Environmental Action Commission.  The Director will speak at 1pm on Thursday April 5, 2018 in the Advanced Technology and Learning Center (ATLC Auditorium on the campus of Cincinnati State Community and Technical College.

The public is welcome.

Parking is available in the Central Parkway Garage for $5.  Admission to the Director’s presentation is free.

Cincinnati State – Main (Clifton) Campus

3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223

Join Sierra Club at the Adventure Summit in Dayton Ohio Feb 9 and 10, 2018

 Five Rivers Metro Parks is presenting the Adventure Summit. More information on the Summit: outdoor skill, culture and experience, speakers including world class outdoor personalities and more.

Visit Sierra Club at our booth or volunteer by calling or email Brian Williams at  [email protected] ‭(513) 390-7303‬.   You can also fill out this volunteer form.

Miami Group Memorial Tree Planting and Dedication

Miami Group Sierra Club Tree Planting & Memorial Grove Dedication

The Miami Group Sierra Club Memorial Grove project was started in 2012. Through it, the Miami Group seeks to provide an ecological memorial to members, family and friends. Join us Saturday as we plant 15 native trees in French Park to commemorate those we have lost over the past several years. After the planting, help celebrate their lives with an informal ceremony and hanging of personalized plaques.
The planting is scheduled to from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM.  The Memorial Ceremony will follow the planting, starting at 11.30 AM to about noon.
We hope to see you there.

When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:30 AM to 11.00 AM – tree planting
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM – memorial ceremony
Where: French Park
3012 Section Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45237

Preparing the Grove

Leader: Elizabeth Durrell, Co-Leader: Karen Anderson-Brown

We are grateful to have help from the Cincinnati Parks staff for this event.


Sierra Club Brew Night!

Have you ever wanted to know about the best trails at Hocking Hills or where to camp and climb at the Red River Gorge?

Join us for a night of fun and Trivia where you can meet folks who can answer these questions and more about how to get more outdoor time.

Sierra Club Brew Night will be Thursday, October 5th at the Woodburn Brewery from 7-9pm.

Woodburn Brewery, 2800 Woodburn Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45206  RSVP on meetup or facebook.