Please Support the River You Love!

There’s something for everyone to love

along the Little Miami River–– fresh air, clean water,

wildlife, forests, and healthy family fun.

Let’s make sure this never changes !

Becoming a supporting donor of the Little Miami Conservancy is a wonderful opportunity to support conservation along the river you love! Read all about these efforts by the Little Miami Conservancy and please DONATE   MANY thanks!

The Little Miami National Wild and Scenic River is a beauty!  World-class nature in your backyard.  Scenic, sensational waters.  Family fun at every bend. From being a severely polluted river in 1967, the Little Miami is now in the top 10% of healthy river ecosystems in Ohio. Its clean waters are home to 74 species of rare and sport fish, more than a dozen species of freshwater mussels, and 255 species of birds, including the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron.


The Conservancy knows the river end to end –– all 100 miles –– because volunteers have spent the last 50+ years living out the Conservancy’s mission to Protect, Preserve and Restore the Little Miami to its natural splendor. Little Miami Conversancy (LMC) is the leading organization working to protect this local treasure. They have successfully...


  • Worked in partnership with public officials, landowners and developers to establish critical riverfront forests and prairie lands which filter runoff, provide vital shade and wildlife habitat, and help stabilize riverbanks.


  • Acquired more than 100 beautiful nature preserves through purchase and charitable gifts, and planted over 50,000 trees and 200 acres of native prairies. 


  • Acquired and demolished more than 50 eyesores (run-down structures, dumping grounds, etc.) along the Little Miami, allowing each parcel of land to return to its natural beauty. 


  • Educated thousands of kids and adults through…….


The Little Miami is a clean and beautiful river and your support will help keep it that way.  The Little Miami Conservancy and its many partners has successfully protected, preserved and restored 56% of the River and its banks.  With philanthropic support of those who appreciate the Little Miami River, the conservancy will continue to grow this number and ensure the river stays as a scenic treasure for the one million hikers and cyclists who enjoy the Little Miami Bike Trail annually.


The Little Miami needs your support.  Your gift, at whatever level works for you, will ensure the health of its fish, wildlife, riverbanks and glorious waters. Financial support from you and your neighbors also helps ensure the Conservancy can provide year-round educational programs for kids and adults.


No one else is doing this work to the high degree that your Conservancy does.  YOU can make all the difference for the river YOU LOVE!


LOVE YOUR LITTLE MIAMI –– please consider a gift today to the Little Miami Conservancy.


How You Can Help

LMC takes every opportunity to appeal to and apply for public and private funding –– grants, gifts, matching programs.  Every dollar received has been stretched and through careful investing LMC funds have doubled over the past 20 years.


But today, YOUR  financial support will help continue the work of the Conservancy!


The LMC Annual Fund

Please consider your support in any of the following ways with an annual (or a convenient monthly) gift:


Annual Gift                                  Monthly Gift

$100      (27¢/day)                                $5

$250      (68¢/day)                               $10

$500      ($1.37/day                             $20

$750      ($2.05/day)                            $30

$1000   ($2.74/day)

$5000  ($13.70/day)



LMC Announces 2020 Conservation Projects

LMC is pleased to announce a long list of conservation projects for 2020-2021, including the purchase and major restoration of over one mile of riverfront farmland land in Greene County,  continuation and improvement of its water quality monitoring project entitled the "DOMES" project to constantly monitor dissolved oxygen at 9 river sites, it's long-running Little Miami Clean Sweep, the John Ruthven Fishing Clinic, Public programs at the LMC River Center,  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  . Thanks!

New LMC Video Highlights Great Blue Herons

Think Globally - Act Locally. Thanks for supporting the Little Miami Conservancy by clicking the "DONATE" button at . Enjoy this latest Little Miami 'Xperience' video on the Great Blue Herons of the Little Miami. ENJOY!

ANOTHER River Eyesore Bites the Dust!

LMC has acquired yet another riverfront parcel near Bellbrook and in March 2020 demolished 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 structure and restore the native beauty of this stretch of the Little Miami riverbank. Funding was provided by the former Upper River Fund established by LMC Founder Glenn Thompson. MANY thanks to Sugarcreek Township officials and staff!

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. In 2020 LMC expanded this important effort to partner with Central State University and Groundwork ORV. Stay tuned to the LMC Facebook page for updates.

Enjoy the Little Miami with a Great LMC Map!

Start your next Little Miami adventure with a great map! The LMC map series includes color maps showing the river, trail, roads, and much more!  You can even download the maps onto your cell phone for easy reference 'in the field'. Info includes public access, river mileage, trail milelage, parking, restrooms, major parks, and much more!  Three maps cover the entire river corridor.  

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!  Close to 5,000 books have been distributed to area young students, and author Bill Schroeder continues to present a "meet the author" day at over 50 area classrooms! If you'd like Bill to join your class of students (VIA ZOOM!) for a "meet the author" day, email . MANY thanks to James Billiter for illustrative this imaginative book!

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

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.

Scientists are seeking the cause of mussel die-off across the nation.

Scientists are seeking the cause of mussel die-off in Tennesee's Clinch River and across the nation. Scientific studies of the aquatic life in the Little Miami over the past 30 years, while showing similar declines in mussel population, have also shown a return of fish and macroinvertebrate populations to "exceptional" levels of health. "It is very important that we support the scientific research to identify the cause of mussel declines" notes LMC Executive Director Eric B. Partee, "before we start pointing fingers." The recent article in the Dayton-Journal Newspaper can be found at…/scie…/ggu5gQ4Ueyl9fwtms9c21N/ 

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.

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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).



Donations can also be made by check by mailing to:

Little Miami Conservancy
209 Railroad Avenue
Loveland, OH  45140-2915