Ohio River Tributaries Riparian Habitat Restoration
The Ohio River is a 981-mile long river that is located in the Midwestern and Eastern United States. It starts at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers and ends in Cairo, Illinois where it flows into the Mississippi River. The Ohio River is the source of drinking water for more than 5 million people. The river is negatively affected by pollution from urban runoff, agricultural activities, sedimentation, and industrial pollution. As a result, many sections of the Ohio River do not meet water quality standards.
To help resolve the negative impacts on the river, the Ohio River Foundation and its partners are leading efforts to restore more than 6 miles of tributary riverbanks. This project will install thousands of native trees and shrubs through live staking on Ohio River tributaries, in what will be the largest habitat restoration project ever undertaken in Southwest Ohio. Identified sites include the Little Miami River, Great Miami River, and O’Bannon Creek.
The planting of native trees and shrubs will result in reduced sedimentation, reduced nutrient runoff, enhanced streamside shading, and improved habitat for riparian dependent species. In addition to the water quality benefits and improved aquatic habitat, this project will provide community engagement and volunteer opportunities.
* Project restores natural hydrologic conditions to facilitate improved capture and infiltration of surface water and groundwater recharge