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Fascinating Fishes Featured at LMC Annual Dinner April 20th

You are invited to join 200 of your Little Miami river friends at this year's Little Miami Conservancy Annual Dinner on Monday, April 20, 2020 at the Marriott NE in Mason, Ohio.

We'll recap a landmark year for river conservation along the Little Miami, enjoy a wonderful meal and silent auction, and hear from renown naturalist and author Dan Rice about the fascinating lives and challenges of the many fish species that call the Little Miami "Home" !  $49 per person.  Dinner sponosorships are also available. Email partee@littlemiami.com for more information.  See you there!

Ohio/Little Miami Conservation Legend Passes

Irv Bieser's passing on February 6th leaves a big hole in the heart of all who care about the Little Miami and conservation throughout the Miami Valley Region and the State of Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you please make donations to a favorite charity. If you would like to donate to the Little Miami Conservancy, please click on the yellow DONATE button at the top of the page.

Irv was selected by LMC Founder Glenn Thompson to administer The Upper River Fund which oversaw the distribution of Glenn's estate and other donations to purchase riverfront lands along the Little Miami National Wild & Scenic River. "Many miles of vital riverfront forests were protected by Irv through LMC nature preserve acquisitions. We will miss his dedicated leadership and his warm smile," noted Eric B. Partee, LMC Executive Director. Our deepest sympathies go out to Tracy and the Bieser family.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 33 W Dixon Ave, Dayton, OH 45419. A private family burial will take place at Woodland Cemetery. A reception will follow the service.

PHOTO: LMC awarded the Little Miami Legacy Award to Irv in 2017.

LMC Announces 2020 Conservation Projects

LMC will announce a long list of conservation projects at its April 20nd conservation dinner, including the major restoration of over one mile of riverfront land at two in Greene County,  a live internet Bald Eagle nest cam, continuation and improvement of its water quality monitoring project entitled the "DOMES" project to constantly monitor dissolved oxygen at 8 river sites, 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!

Help the River, Save at Canoe Outfitters and Outdoor Retailers in 2020 !

It's WILD IDEA! When you donate to LMC you help protect and restore your favorite national treasure AND we'll send you your very own WILD CARD good for 10% discounts canoe and kayak rentals on the Little Miami and in your purchases of outdoor products and supplies at area retailers. Just CLICK on the yellow DONATE button above!

LMC Monitors Dissolved Oxygen in Little Miami 24/7

In 2019 the Little Miami Conservancy rolled 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 records the critical level of dissolved oxygen in the river round the clock every 15 minutes.

ANOTHER River Eyesore to Bite the Dust!

LMC has acquired yet another riverfront parcel near Bellbrook and will demolish another eyesore (the third in two years)  along the Little Miami . This condemned house at 3135 Washington Mill Road was in tax arrears for several years and was acquired by Sugarcreek Township and has now been transferred to the Little Miami Conservancy so LMC could demolish the struture and restore the native beauty of this stretch of the Little Miami riverbank. Funding is provided by the Upper River Fund. MANY thanks to Sugarcreek Township officials and staff!

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.

Letting the LIttle Miami Rebuild Eroding Riverbanks

A new chapter is unfolding for addressing streambank erosion where needed along the Little Miami. CLICK on the photo for a 3 minute video introduction.  Channel Maintenance Systems (CMS), founded by William Holdren and Ronald Wine in 1984, specializes in environmentally sound, cost effective strategies and techniques to manage waterways that provide a lasting solution to mitigate problem erosion areas and flow obstructions.They adapted and modified these basic techniques to create the CMS river management system based in large part on the findings and actual practice of river restoration methods pioneered by Ohio native George Palmiter and studied by the US Army Corps of Engineers. (Reference: Contributing Report 82-CR1, March, 1982) These techniques have been developed, refined and proven effective in a multitude of projects in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and North Carolina. Recently CMS has contracted with the Warren County Engineer to address bank erosion at the Corwin Nixon Covered Bridge south of Waynesville.

LMC Fishing Friends attend 2020 BUFF Expo near Loveland

Join your river fishing friends at the Little Miami Conservancy Booth (B43) again this year at the 2020 Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show on Saturday, February 1st. It is a fantastic fishing experience - without getting your feet wet!

LMC VP Bill Schroeder signs the popular Smallmouth Sonny book he authored for several budding river conservationists at the LMC exhibit at the February 1st BUFF Flyfishers Expo near Loveland. Bill continues to speak at area schools about "Sonny" and river wildlife. LMC will be donating several hundred books to area students again in 2020. Enjoy the video version online at www.littlemiami.org (in English and Spanish) !

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! Stay tuned for the 2020 dates of this wonderful clinic.

LMC's Smallmouth Sonny Kids Book a Hit

LMC has published a wonderul children's book highlighting the journey of 'Smallmouh Sonny" and his river friends!  In 2017 close to 5,000 books were distributed to area young students, and author Bill Schroeder presented a "meet the author" day at almost 50 area classrooms! If you'd like Bill to join your class of students for a "meet the author" day, email partee@littlemiami.com . MANY thanks to James Billiter for illustrative this imaginative book!

Enjoy a video reading of this great little story, both in English and Spanish!

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LIVE Bald Eagle Nest Cam 
From Decorah Iowa powered by EXPLORE.org
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).