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Great Miami River Cleanup

Great Miami River Cleanup

Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River

The Great Miami river is a tremendous resource for fishing,  boating, canoeing, and biking while sustaining a variety of wildlife in Ohio. Did you know it also has an indirect affect on the citizens of Butler County? That’s because it is the main recharge for the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer which provides drinking water to several hundred thousand people throughout the region. Yet the river doesn’t always get the respect it deserves, often becoming the recipient of everything from plastic bottles, dirty diapers, used tires, oil cans, cars, trucks, old water- logged furniture and more.

Once a year several businesses, conservation organizations, government agencies and hundreds of volunteers from the community gather to show their appreciation and support of the river by donating their time and cleaning it up. Communities from Middletown to the Ohio River partner to organize over 14 different sites along the river bank as part of an overall effort to clean the entire length from Indian Lake north of Dayton, Ohio to the Ohio River.

WE CAN ALWAYS USE MORE VOLUNTEERS!   It is a perfect opportunity for churches, schools, scouts, sports teams and families to get together, make a difference and learn a few interesting things about the river and wildlife that inhabits the area.  On many occasions, volunteers have had encounters with Bald Eagles, Deer and other wildlife in previous cleanups.

Our next river cleanup is scheduled for the fall of 2023, we will provide details in the spring of 2023.  Garbage bags, gloves and water are supplied at every cleanup site. In exchange for participating you will receive a free t-shirt. Come “Make A Difference” by volunteering to clean up your community and environment!  We look forward to seeing you in 2023!

The 2023 cleanup sites span along the river. For more info, visit

Volunteer at:

  • Franklin Carmody Park
  • Middletown Bicentennial Commons
  • Madison Twp Neals Excavating
  • Oxford: Corso Road Covered Bridge
  • Oxford: Dewitt Cabin Parking Lot on St Rt 73
  • Trenton: Community Park
  • St. Rt 73 Bike Trail/Boat ramp Parking Lot
  • Liberty Twp: Dudley Woods
  • Liberty Twp: Aspen Trails HOA
  • Woodsdale Metro Park
  • Hamilton Downtown at Rivers edge Amphitheater
  • Hamilton Riverside Natural Area
  • Fairfield Waterworks Park
  • Colerain Township Heritage Park
  • Shawnee Lookout Park

To pre-register for the River Cleanup event or to find out more information visit:

Over the years the Great Miami River Cleanup has c0llected a lot of trash and tires making an impact on the health of the waterway and surrounding habitat. Since 2012 tons of trash picked up at each site as well as tires were recorded with as much accuracy as possible. There were a few years with complications when not everything was able to get weighed (data points of zero means it was not recorded) but overall there is a clear trend visible in the graphs above. For both the tons of trash and number of tires, there is a steady decline since 2012. A decline in the amount being collected each year means that the effort of the volunteers is helping to keep the river clean and have less trash floating down the river and up onto the banks overtime.


For more information please contact:

Tim McLelland
Groundwater Consortium Manager

Bob Lentz
Butler County Storm Water District

Lynn White
Butler Soil & Water Conservation District

Online Registration Forms

Online Registration Form for River Clean Up

The Groundwater Consortium would like to thank our sponsors for Great Miami River Cleanup

Main Sponsors:


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