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Groundwater Guardian Green Site Designation

MCD is designated as a Groundwater Guardian Green Site by The Groundwater Foundation. This designation honors MCD for its good groundwater and environmental stewardship on MCD's dams and flood protection features, which cover more than 1,780 acres.

The Groundwater Foundation sponsors the Groundwater Guardian Green Site program and works to educate and motivate the public to care about and for groundwater.

MCD follows these groundwater-friendly practices:

  • Applies the recommended amounts of fertilizer and pesticide, and only when necessary.
  • Maintains no-application zones around active wells.
  • Educates staff and constituents on environmental stewardship.
  • Recycles and/or properly disposes of toxic substances such as batteries, tires, and used motor oil.
  • Follows Intergrated Pest Management Practices.
  • When adding or replacing plants (e.g., turf grass, shrubs, trees, etc.) species are chosen based on having a lower input requirement and being adaptable to the region.
  • Conserves water by not irrigating turf.
  • Properly stores pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Follows proper spill containment procedures.
  • Maintains a setback or no-application zone around surface water and wetlands.
  • Ceases pesticide and fertilizer application when wind speed is high.
  • Properly protects and seals non-active wells.
  • Arranges for a certified professional to service on-site wastewater treatment system.
  • Fuel is stored above ground with secondary containment.
  • Follows water management plan to protect groundwater and surface water quality.

Become a Groundwater Guardian Green Site

Miami Conservancy District helps communities and other eligible organizations – entities that operate highly managed green spaces – become Groundwater Guardian Green Sites.

Groundwater Guardian Green Sites are places with lots of green space – like municipal parks; golf courses; ball fields; educational campuses; and residential, recreational, and office parks – that choose to implement groundwater and surface water friendly practices to maintain the site.

To earn this exclusive designation, you submit an application which documents your groundwater-friendly practices related to fertilizer and pesticide use, water use, pollution prevention, water quality, and environmental stewardship.

If your community or site is interested, please contact Sarah Hippensteel Hall at 223-1271 or for more information.

Groundwater Guardian Green Sites in our area

Brukner Nature Center, Troy

City of Dayton Well Fields: Miami, Mad River, and Rip Rap Road

City of Springfield Water Treatment Plant

City of Tipp City - Prairies/ Well Fields

City of Vandalia - Sports Complex
Concord Township, Miami County- Historical Covered Bridge Park

Edgewood High School

Five Rivers MetroParks

Forest Hills Cemetery, Piqua

Franklin-Clearcreek Water Treatment Plant
Kittyhawk Golf Course

Marianist Environmental Education Council
Miami Conservancy District

Miller Coors Trenton Brewery

Montgomery County USDA Service Center

Nelson C. and Betty D. Borchers Nature Preserve, Monroe Township in Miami County

Preble County Historical Society

Saint Christopher Church, Vandalia

Sinclair Community College

Spring Valley Prairie, Greene County

Wittenberg University

Wright State University


Tipp City Prairie
Tipp City Prairie

Vandalia Sports Complex
Vandalia Sports Complex

Brukner Nature Center