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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 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

...We have made the move to following the EPA's sampling calendar. Stream team will only be sampling the moths of March - November each year. Our sampling date is the 2nd Saturday of each month, so our next date is:


May 10

June 14

Upcoming Events

Donna, Lynn and Teresa are getting together to discuss dates for the ideas that you gave us for future volunteer get-togethers, classes, and more.

Stream biology- Macroinvertebrate Class.

May 3 in West Chester. Volunteers who wish to start our new biological water quality testing should attend this all day training. We will start wih the basics indoors, then head out to the creek. More info will be posted soon.

Tree Sale

Order Deadline is March 26 with pickup on April 10-11 in Hamilton. Stream Team partner, Butler Soil and Water Conservation District is holding their annual tree sale. Visit their web for more details.

Free Well Water Testing Event

Stream Team is partnering with Butler Soil and Water Cosnervation District and Miami Conservancy Dsitrict to ffer local residents free well water testing for nitrates, arsenic, and bacteria. Residents can brig their sample to Earth Day in Hamilton on Aroil 22 from 11 am - 1 pm, or to Oxford Earth Fest from 11 am - 3 pm. Info Flier (pdf)

Discounted Soil Testing

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has provided funding to provide reduced price soil testing for the first 100 Butler County residents that apply. By testing our soil, we can tell how much, if any fertilizer and other ammendments need to be added to our soil. Info flier (pdf)






Butler County Stream Team is a partnership between the community and

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