- The Butler County Storm Water District is
committed to helping our citizens learn more about storm water
management, water quality, and nonpoint source pollution. Click
on one of the links below for web sites grouped by federal agencies,
national watershed organizations, state, or local.
- Federal Agencies
National Watershed Organizations
As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit
program controls water pollution by regulating point sources
that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States. Point
sources are discrete conveyances such as pipes or man-made ditches.
Individual homes that are connected to a municipal system, use
a septic system, or do not have a surface discharge do not need
an NPDES permit; however, industrial, municipal, and other facilities
must obtain permits if their discharges go directly to surface
NRCS puts nearly 70 years of experience to
work in assisting owners of America's private land with conserving
their soil, water, and other natural resources. Local, state,
and federal agencies and policymakers also rely on their expertise.
NRCS provides technical assistance based on sound science and
suited to a customer's specific needs. Cost shares and financial
incentives are available in some cases. Most work is done with
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides
vital services to the Army and the nation through developing,
managing, protecting, and improving our nation's water resources.
They strive to bring synergy between development and environment,
seeking the best economic, environmental, and social solutions.
USGS operates in every state. The Water Resources
mission is to provide water information that benefits the Nation's
citizens: publications, data, maps, and applications software.
The Water Resouces Discipline (WRD) actively promotes the use
of this information by decision makers to minimize loss of life
and property as a result of water-related natural hazards such
as floods, droughts, and land movement; effectively manage ground-water
and surface-water resources for domestic, agricultural, commercial,
industrial, recreational, and ecological uses; and protect and enhance water resources for human health,
aquatic health, and environmental quality.
The U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Water
Science for Schools web site offers information on many aspects
of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive
center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.
Excellent site for the classroom.
- WaterWatch -- Current Ohio Stream
Map of real-time streamflow compared to historical
streamflow for the day of the year (Ohio). The "real-time
streamflow" map tracks short-term changes (over several
hours) in rivers and streams. Although the general appearance
of the map changes very little from one hour to the next, individual
sites may change rapidly in response to major rain events or
to reservoir releases.
National Water Quality
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
is a nonprofit water education program and publisher for educators
and young people ages 5-18. The program facilitates and promotes
awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water
resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching
aids and the establishment of internationally sponsored Project
Healthy Water, Healthy People is an innovative
water quality education program sponsored by Project WET and
the Hach Scientific Foundation It offers hands-on activity guides,
testing kits, training, and much more. Healthy Water, Healthy
People is for anyone interested in learning and teaching about
contemporary water quality education topics. Test your water
quality knowledge by taking the Healthy Water, Healthy People
Water Quality Quiz.
Founded in 1992, the Center for Watershed
Protection is a non-profit 501c3 corporation that provides local
governments, activists, and watershed organizations around the
country with the technical tools for protecting some of the nation's
most precious natural resources: our streams, lakes, and rivers.
The Center has developed and disseminated a multi-disciplinary
strategy to watershed protection that encompasses watershed planning,
watershed restoration, storm water management, watershed research,
better site design, education and outreach, and watershed training.
The Ohio Stormwater Association is a group
of public and private citizens dedicated to advancing the management
of stormwater and related natural resources through education,
leadership, watershed-based coordination and technical assistance
in Ohio. The Association provides educational and networking
opportunities for people focused on reducing the negative impacts
of stormwater runoff. The Ohio Stormwater Association also hosts
quarterly educational meetings on topics of interest to our members
and helps to sponsor the Ohio Stormwater Conference being held
The Ohio EPA's Division of Surface Water is
responsible for restoring and maintaining the quality of Ohio's
rivers and streams. The goal of Ohio's surface water program
-- restoration and maintenance of Ohio's water resources -- reflects
the national water quality objective as contained in the Federal
Clean Water Act (CWA).
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
Division of Water has broad responsibilities for managing Ohio's
surface and ground water resources. The Division collects hydrologic
data; develops ground water resource and pollution potential
maps; conducts water supply studies; issues permits for the construction
of dams, dikes, and levees; inspects existing dams; operates
the state canal systems; and administers the state floodplain
management program. Technical assistance is also provided on
ground water quantity management, water well construction, water-related
engineering, and flooding and floodplain management. The Division
offers a variety of educational programs to promote wise stewardship
of Ohio's water resource.
The Stream Restoration, Ecology, and Aquatic
Management Solutions (STREAMS) Project is a multi-agency initiative
whose goal is to provide education, information, technology and
communication on stream management strategies.
The Ohio Watershed Network (OWN) provides
information to community members and natural resources professionals
who want to protect the resources in their watershed. They take
a social science-based approach to guiding local organizations
in developing and meeting goals.
NEMO is a non-regulatory research-based educational
program on natural resources based planning. It addresses nonpoint
source pollution and its link to different land uses, particularly
impervious surfaces and transport and concentration of pollutants
in storm water.
The Butler Soil and Water Conservation District
(SWCD) was organized in May of 1942 by concerned landowners interested
in protecting and improving the soil and water resources here
in Butler County, Ohio. The District is a subdivision of the
State of Ohio, and is assisted by the Butler County Commissioners,
the Ohio Soil & Water Conservation Commission, and the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources through the Division of Soil
and Water Conservation. Technical assistance for conservation
practices is provided without charge by the Butler SWCD through
the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Conservation
Service (NRCS) personnel.
The Hamilton to New Baltimore Groundwater
Consortium consists of six public and industrial groundwater
producers/users in southwest Ohio. Click on this site to learn
more about their unique efforts to develop a joint Wellhead Protection
Program, learn more about how groundwater can become contaminated,
and what you can do to help protect your drinking water source..
The Miami Conservancy District (MCD) is a
regional government agency that provides flood protection, water
resource monitoring and information, and recreational opportunities
for 1.5 million people in the Great Miami River watershed. Formed
in 1915, the MCD continues to work toward the mission of protecting
lives, property and economic vitality by providing unfailing
flood protection, preserving water resources, enhancing river
corridors and conserving valuable land within the Great Miami
Friends Of the Great Miami (FOGM) is a 501c3
citizen based educational group formed to help conserve, restore,
and enhance the Great Miami River for the benefit of wildlife,
residents, and the public interest.
The Mill Creek Watershed Council is a publicly
funded, non-profit corporation representing all 37 political
jurisdictions in the Mill Creek watershed. The Council acts as
a forum for making watershed-based decisions by convening and
coordinating meetings and projects related to the improvement
of the Mill Creek. Through these forums, the Council invites
public input on watershed-related issues. The full council meets
quarterly at locations throughout the watershed and creates a
quarterly newsletter, Voice of the Mill Creek.
The Regional Storm Water Collaborative is
composed of storm water districts, municipalities, and soil and
water conservation districts in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky.
The purpose is to raise awareness about water quality issues
throughout the Ohio River Valley in an effort to keep our waterways
clean and healthy.
Butler County Auditor's Public Access System
-- This site provides limited access to the property records,
tax records and land information of Butler County, Ohio.
Butler County Storm Water District
1921 Fairgrove Avenue
Hamilton, Ohio 45011