Saturday, January 1, 2011

My New Association with Rivers Unlimited

Over the past couple of years, I've had the pleasure of knowing the good people at Rivers Unlimited. This Cincinnati based conservation group is in the business of protecting and restoring the rivers and streams of Ohio. In December, I agreed to join RU's board of directors. I'm humbled to have this opportunity and look forward to using my talents to help advance the work of this premier conservation organization. 2011 should be a very promising year.

One of the major, local accomplishments of RU during 2010 was getting the Great Miami River designated as a state Water Trail. What does this mean? Essentially, the Great Miami, as a 150 mile long river, offers an ideal place for recreational pursuits such as canoeing and kayaking. Because of this, the state of Ohio has the Great Miami on all state maps and markets it as a tourist attraction. In turn, conversation groups like RU can apply for grant money, which will be used to increase recreational access and bring awareness to the river's many assets. At the present time, there are only 7 Water Trails in Ohio. So, when the time is right, get out there and enjoy all the Great Miami has to offer.


  1. Are there any group volunteer projects coordinated by Rivers Unlimited during the warmer months? (collecting litter from a lake or waterway, for example)

  2. Mike,

    Yes, there will be cleanups on the Great Miami jointly sponsored by Rivers Unlimited and Friends of the Great Miami. Also, organizations/businesses can adopt sections of a river (much like the Adopt a Highway program) and then they are charged with keeping it clean. Benchmark Outfitters has adopted a section of the GRM in Colerain Township. Buckeye United Fly Fishers have adopted a section on the Little Miami, and I believe other groups are going to work on other rivers -- principally the Whitewater River in Ohio and the the Licking in Kentucky. Always looking for a few good men and women for these cleanups :)