Butler Environmental Stewardship Team
Be one of the BEST and join Butler Soil and Water for Volunteer Stewardship Saturdays. Throughout the coming months, we plan to remove honeysuckle, label storm drains, clean up a stream, and collect stream biology samples. We have volunteer events that are suitable for all ages. We can sign volunteer paperwork for students.
If you cannot make one of the volunteer days, we also have information below about the Butler County Stream Team and storm drain labeling.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Maddie or Lynn at 513-887-3720 or by email, or sign up through the google link for each event.
Canceled - May 23, 10 am: Invasive plant removal at Beckett Ridge
June 27, 9 am - 12 noon: Stream Habitat Traiing at Elk Creek (Sebald) Metropark.
July 18, 9 am - 11 am: Stream Biology training at Dudley Woods Park
August 25, 6 pm - 8 pm: Rain Garden Cleanup in West Chester
September 24, 6- 8 pm: Honeysuckle Removal in Middletown at Bulls Run Arboretum
October 24, 9 am - 12 noon: Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River
Thanks for your interest in volunteering with us. If you have any questions about any of
these projects, please contact us at 513-887-3720 or by email.
Storm Drain Labeling
We hold several river cleanups each year inclduing:
Great Miami River (late October)
Mill Creek (early October)
We would love if you join us for one of these cleanups, however we have the supplies if there is a river or creek near you that you would be interested in cleaning up at any time of the year..
In Butler County, storm drains simply empty into the nearest creek or pond. Often this rain water picks up pollutants along the way such as motor oil, pet waste, litter, and takes it on the same journey to the creek. Sometimes people even put used oil and paint straight down the storm drain thinking it will be cleaned. We work with the Butler County Storm Water District to provide you all of the supplies that you need to label your neighborhood. You can label as large or as small an area that you choose. You can go out anytime the weather is just right (not extremely hot or cold).
Stream Team volunteers help to monitor the water quality in our local streams and rivers. We have monitors that study the biology of the creek (looking for baby dragonflies, donsonfly larvae and more). We also have volunteers who collect sample for testing the chemistry of the water, and last but not least we even have volunteers that run this chemical testing in our lab in Oxford. Find out more about Stream Team.
Earth Team Volunteers
Earth Team is a volunteer program ran by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). When you sign up as an Earth Team Volunteer, you are on your way to becoming a caretaker of natural resources in your community. When you volunteer you may assist with improving wildlife habitat, providing conservation education to adults and students, community outreach and many more interesting opportunities.
Please contact our NRCS staff to find out more..