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New! Biological Sampling

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Sign Up to Volunteer in the Lab

We are using lab sign ups to make sure that we don't have too many people in the lab as we don't want to waste your time and gas getting to the lab.

The lab is in Pearson Hall located on the corner of Patterson and High (see map). We are located in Room 105, which is just inside the door, in one of the first rooms in the left hallway (when you enter the front door).


So Who, or What is, the Butler County Stream Team?

The Butler County Stream Team is a group of volunteers that collects, analyzes, and reports water quality data from many waterways in Butler County.  We collect samples from streams and rivers in Butler County, Ohio and analyze them for these parameters: nitrates, total phosphorous, bacteria, conductivity, total dissolved solids, pH, turbidity.

The Stream Team exists through the collaborative effort of Butler County resident volunteers, the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at Miami University, the Butler County Storm Water District, and the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District.  Learn more about some of our volunteers on the volunteer spotlight page.

The goal of the Butler County Stream Team is to educate residents about their local water quality issues, including storm water runoff and the pollution it brings to waterways in both rural and urban landscapes. A secondary goal is to use the data to look at trends and potential issues in the water quality of our county.

How you can participate:

It is easy to be a Stream Team Volunteer!  Volunteers are needed as backups to collect samples from local waterways, as well as to analyze those samples at the lab on the campus of Miami University. You can help even if you have 1 hour. No experience is required.

Explore your watershed cartoon by artist Chris Rowlands


Artwork by Chris Rowlands, local artist showing a person standing in a creek surrounded by wildlife




Sampling Dates

March 12

April 9

May 14

Upcoming Events


Feb 13, 9 am at the Butler County Engineers Office

Landowner Workshop

Do you have farm land? If so, join Butler SWCD and NRCS to learn about funding available for conservation practices. Feb 16, 6 pm at Butler SWCD 1802 Princeton Rd, Hamilton

Green Homeowners Workshop

Mar 19 at Butler SWCD, 1802 Princeton Rd, Hamilton. Registration required

Learn about composting, native plants, green cleaning, rain barrels, rain gardens, and recycling

Tree & Shrub Sale

Order deadline March 25 with pickup on March 14-16 at the Butler County Fairgrounds. Info and order form









Butler County Stream Team is a partnership between the community and

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