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.
April 21 and 27, 10 am —Invasive plant removal in Oxford at Miami Natural Areas
May 11, 10 am —Invasive plant removal in Beckett Ridge
June 22, 9 am—Biological water sampling at Indian Creek
July 27, 9 am—Hamilton Canal Bike Path Clean Up
August 24, 9am—Biological water sampling at Dudley Woods
September 21, 9am-11am —Honeysuckle Removal
October 26—Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River
Nov. 14 and Dec. 27, 1 pm —Invasive plant removal in Oxford at Miami Natural Areas
Join us one or both days for removing the invasive honeysuckle shrub from a historical biological area near Oxford, Ohio. Location: We will be meeting in Peffer Park, then walking west-southwest into the Silvoor Biological Sanctuary where there is honeysuckle to be removed. There is a parking lot just off of Oxford Millville Rd (Route 27). https://goo.gl/maps/vZsMMskB92S2
Be prepared for mud, fun, and a workout! If you have loppers, chainsaws, or other tools that can be used to remove honeysuckle, please bring them. We will have a few on hand for people to borrow. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
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.
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..
Storm Drain Labeling
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..