In the beginning as Cincinnati grew, we polluted the mill creek river so much that it became a conduit for deadly waterborne diseases like cholera, which was 19th century's version of the Black Plague.
The solution? Concrete it in and merge it with the sewer system.
But now, groups are coming together to save Mill Creek, a number of them recently merged into Groundwork Cincinnati, a nonprofit created to consolidate their efforts. The small steps they've taken are starting to add up and real change can now be seen along parts of its banks. But for the people working to make Mill Creek better its an up at dawn never ending fight to keep MSD, EPA and the Ohio Core of Engineers from concreting the river back in.
The reason for this ride was to
1) showcase whats been done and future plans.
2) talk about the public hearings for comments that the County Commissioners are having for the multi-million dollar Lower Mill Creek-related project to be performed by the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD).
A number of Federal agencies want a 7,600 foot tunnel but a Consent Decree approved by U.S. District Court allows for the county and city to propose an alternate Lower Mill Creek project by December 31, 2012.
Comments are encouraged from citizens, community councils, and businesses from potentially impacted neighborhoods. You can go HERE for more info.
Got a four lap blast around the parking lot on this little rocket