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Step Forward Volunteer Fair

September 23, 4 - 7 pm at Berkeley Square in Hamilton

Butler County Stream Team and many other local organizations will be available to answer questions about local volunteer opportunities at this great fair. The event will also include a CPR class and seminars. https://www.facebook.com/events/680655842026766/


Video of the recent Kayak trip on the Great Miami



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

Stream team samples March - November each year. Our sampling date is the 2nd Saturday of each month, so our next date is...

Sept 13

October 11

Nov 8

Upcoming Events

Pontoon on Acton Lake

Sept 20 at Acton Lake. We have 2 tour times, but spaces are limited due to tthe size of the pontoon boat. Please register online

Water Treatment Plant Visit

October 30 at 12:15. The City of Fairfield is welcoming us on a trip to both the drinking and wastewater treatments plants. Please register online

River Cleanups

Mill Creek Cleanup, Oct 4, 9 am at Becket Park in West Chester. Call 513-563-8800 to register.

Great Miami River Cleanup, Oct 25 at variuos locations along the river. Please visit the cleanup website for details and to register


Items of Interest

Discounted Soil Testing

ODNR has provided funding to provide reduced price soil testing for the first 100 Butler County residents that apply.. Info flier (pdf)






Butler County Stream Team is a partnership between the community and

Storm Water DistrictButler Soil and Water Conservaton DistrictIES logo