PSARA is making an effort to give back within our community, and one of the ways we are accomplishing this is by supporting the efforts of the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities. On April 26, 2013, PSARA and P&G employees teamed up to pick up trash and debris along a 2.5-mile section of the Mill Creek. After a short induction ceremony to the “Mill Creek Yacht Club,” volunteers were ready to tackle the day. Using canoes, we spent the morning pulling tires, plastic bottles, jugs, and even a La-Z-Boy recliner out of the creek.
The Mill Creek is in this situation partially because the City of Cincinnati has a combined sewer system, which means when it rains, the sewers overflow into our waterways. All of the runoff from highways, driveways, businesses, and yards makes its way into the stream eventually. This runoff includes oil, gas, fertilizers, pesticides, household chemicals, and animal feces. Unlike sewers that direct water to a treatment plant, storm drains lead directly to surrounding streams and lakes without any type of treatment. This nonpoint source pollution accounts for more than half of the contamination in our waterways.
The Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities acts to achieve the vision of a restored Mill Creek that is an asset to our region. The council provides a forum for making watershed-based decisions among the 37 political jurisdictions in the 166-square-mile drainage basin by undertaking initiatives and projects that create direct environmental and economic improvement in the Mill Creek Watershed.
The atmosphere was a very energetic and positive one, and we intend on maintaining our relationship with the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities. If you would like to find out how you or your business can get involved, please go to http://millcreekwatershed.org/. If you would like to see additional pictures of PSARA and P&G employees on the cleanup day, please check out our Mill Creek Cleanup facebook album https://www.facebook.com/pages/PSARA-Technologies-Inc/220530044727870.