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The Little Miami Conservancy is dedicated to conserving the natural splendor of the Little Miami National Wild & Scenic River since 1967.

Learn more about our projects and plans to conserve more and more of the river.

Please join us to volunteer for our next big event. We would love to have you!

KUHL Pints Night Helps LMC Raises Funds and Awareness Nov. 15th at RRT in Milford

Join your Little Miami river friends to celebrate another great year of paddling, fishing, and frolicking on the Little Miami River with local brews with custom stainless pints for attendees to keep, along with raffles, and auction items on Friday November 15th celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 50th anniversary of the designation of the LIttle as Ohio first State Scenic Rivers!  KUHL, RRT and LMC co-sponsored this fundraising event . Eric B. Partee, the Executive Director for the Conservancy gave a briefing on the river and on the LMC's celebrating over 52 years of work!

 

Thanks to all for joining us for tons of fun and support for this worthy cause!

Cicinnati's Bald Eagle Nest to be Preserved!

Duke has awarded $25,000 for the new Mouth of the Little Miami River Nature Preserve. Home to the City of Cincinnati's only Bald Eagle Nest, the nature preserve will add 122 acres and over one mile of riverfront forest preserve protection to the Little Miami! MANY thanks to the great lead work of the #CardinalLandConservancy in partnership with the Little Miami Conservancy to make this happen.
 

This is another great protection project which compliments LMC's recent one-mile acquisition along the river near Spring Valley earlier this year. Future generations (of children and eagles) will appreciate this worthy effort!

“We’re committed to the environment and will do our part to recognize programs that advance this mission.”said Amy Spiller, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky president. Majority funding is expected from the Clean Ohio project.

LMC Removes River Dam and Concrete Debris with Help of Generous Funders

LMC is pleased to announce the completion of a major restoration effort along the Little Miami in Greene County. ​On September 26, 2019 LMC removed a low-head dam to restore the river's natural ecosystem and improve paddling safety. Located downstream from the US68 on the LMC Case Nature Preserve, the demolition work was funded by Patagonia and YSI Xylem.  The project will also include the natural restoration of several LMC nature preserves in the area, removing invasives and planting native species.

LMC Kicks Off John A. Ruthven Fishing Clinic for Area Youth

Teaching kids to catch their first fish is something that makes international wildlife artist and conservationist John A. Ruthven smile!  In September 2019 partnered with Adventure Crew to bring hundreds of inner city kids to the Little Miami to learn how to fish and care for the environment.  MANY thanks to ODNR Division of Wildlife, Loveland Canoe & Kayak, and Great Parks of Hamilton County for helping make this annual event possible!

LMC to Monitor Dissolved Oxygen in Little Miami 24/7 !

The Little Miami Conservancy is rolling out an historic water quality monitoring system to monitor the health of the Little Miami National Wild & Scenic River. YSI Xylem has generously donated 9 EXO1 "Sondes" which LMC has placed at strategic locations along the Little Miami starting in Greene County and stretching downstream through Warren County, Clermont County and Hamilton County. The Sondes will record the critical level of dissolved oxygen in the river round the clock every 15 minutes.

LMC Announces 2019 Conservation Projects, Funding Needs

LMC announced a long list of conservation projects on its agenda for 2019 at its April 22nd conservation dinner, including a dam removal in Greene County, a mussel survey update (funded by ODNR Scenic Rivers Program), a live internet Bald Eagle nest cam, a new video project entitled the 'Little Miami Xperience", a water quality monitoring project entitled the "DOMES" project, it's long-running Little Miami Clean Sweep, the John Ruthven Fishing Clinic, and more.  LMC is also seeking to boost its Endowment Fund to $1 million.  If you are interested in contributing to these worthy efforts, please email partee@littlemiami.com  . Thanks!

John P. Williams, Jr. Passes at 78

John P. Williams, Jr., grandson of LMC (FKA Little Miami, Inc. and LMI) co-founder Charles Sawyer passed recently at 78. Like his Uncle John Sawyer, and his Grandfather Charles Sawyer, John was a wonderful supporter of the Little Miami Conservancy conservation efforts.

LMC attorney (and former LMC Executive Director) Timothy M Burke noted "John Williams was a great friend, made through Little Miami. When I was Executive Director in 1975 I hand wrote a plan to acquire Bass Island and shared that rough draft with Helen Black, Sudie Geier and a couple of others. Shortly afterwards I got a call that I was to join Helen and Sudie at a meeting in Charles Sawyer's office. I was warned that Sawyer, who had served as President Truman's Secretary of Commerce would have his personal lawyer in attendance at the meeting. Mr. Sawyer heard us out, told stories about fishing and swimming in the Little Miami at Bass Island when he was a kid and ultimately, with John's encouragement committed the necessary $100,000 to buy Bass Island."

"Later, when the State of Ohio denied Little Miami's tax exemption, because we were not doing anything with the property, John and I together argued, what was for both of us our first, before the Ohio Supreme Court. The court accepted our argument that preserving the land in its natural state was a valid charitable use entitle to tax exemption...which became the law other environmental groups could rely on."

John was a great leader and will be deeply missed.  His legacy will live on along the Little Miami National Wild & Scenic River. 

 

For those so inclined, a donation can be made to LMC in John's memory. Online donations can be made by clicking on the yellow DONATE button above on this page.  Thank you.

LMC Buys/Demolishes Eyesore and Restores Nature to Riverfront

LMC has demolished yet another eyesore along the Little Miami and has completed its demolition of a condemned house and three associated structures near Bellbrook along Washington Mill Road. 
 

Click on the photo for a 5 minute 'Demo Tape' showing the LMC work in action!

LMC had purchased the property at auction on June 20, 2018. LMC Founder Glenn Thompson's "Upper River Fund" funded the demolition and return of this section of the river corridor to its wild and scenic nature. Native grasses and wildflower seeds have been planted on the site. Many thanks to our good friends at Sugarcreek Township for helping make this acquisition a reality. Another good day for the river!

Dr. Stan Hedeen was presented with the LMC 2019 Little Miami Legacy Award at the LMC Conservation Dinner on April 22, 2019 at the Marriott NE in Mason, Ohio. Stan has educated tens of thousands students at Xavier University over the past five decades, authored informative books on the Little Miami and other area streams, created a wonderful Little Miami mussel exhibit, served as Chairman of the Little Miami Scenic River Advisory Council and continues to lecture on the importance of local rivers. LMC's 'Double Eagle' Award of Appreciation was also presented to YSI Xylem, Mark & Robyn Bersani, Chris Brausch, Jason Tincu, and the Ohio Scenic Rivers program in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Little Miami as Ohio's first State Scenic River. Congratulations to all for this well-deserved recognition!

The US Army joins another successful LMC Clean Sweep

US Army Soldiers from the Kings Mills Army Reserve Center joined a total of 232 volunteers to remove old tanks, car axles and a total of 352 tires and much more from the Little Miami in the 2018 LMC Lower Little Miami Clean Sweep!

LMC Founding Leader Helen Black Passes at 94 with Rich River Legacy

We will miss Helen so very dearly. She was a wonderful spirit for river conservation along the Little Miami. We will forever stand on her shoulders as we continue to protect and restore the river she loved. The Black family has asked that you make a donation to the Little Miami Conservancy and/or one of Helen's other worthy charitable organizations in lieu of flowers. Donations to LMC can be sent to LMC, 209 Railroad Avenue, Loveland OH 45140 or made online on the LMC website at www.littlemiami.org .

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LIVE Bald Eagle Nest Cam 
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There are several Bald Eagle nests along the Little Miami and its tributaries. Please enjoy this live stream and do not disturb our local nests. Thank you, and enjoy this Bald Eagle video from the ODNR Division of Wildlife (below).