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Watershed Aspects of Miller Ecological Park  -  Serves as partial Headwaters for Turtle Creek which flows into the Little Miami River Basin meeting up in South Lebanon, Ohio.  The larger Little Miami River Basin covers 16,683 square miles as it flows south and east to the Ohio River.

 by Janet Lasley for February 10, 2018 Worshop at MEP

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What does a watershed do for us?  Why keep it healthy?

 Provides Irrigation for areas along the way including woods, streams, prairies and recreational areas. Animals of all kinds, from pollinators to coyote and squirrels benefit.  It can provide power, agricultural support and water for manufacturing.  Ohio has community based watershed management for the most part.  It also helps to recharge/refill the natural aquifier that serves Ohio.

 Miller Eco Park is a combination of upland or riparian runoff and small streams moving under and above ground flowing generally from west to east.  It is in the glaciated area of western Ohio  where we find remains of an prehistoric oceanic past.  

 We find springs, snow and rain runoff from housing areas uphill from the park, and small stream waters.  Because of the rolling land, water crosses our path multiple times in wet weather.  The middle reach areas become a stream that continues to grow as we move south and east.  Upland areas stay dryer as where the playground is situated.

 As the water moves it cleans itself by passing through plants, rocks and soil, eventually joining the stream above and below ground.