After getting reports of a “major appliance” tossed into the Mill Creek in Wyoming, the Mill Creek Yacht Club swung into action this fall for an impromptu clean-up to pull 2,000 pounds of trash from the banks of the creek in Wyoming.

Bruce Koehler (left) and Bernie Moller

The intrepid volunteers worked for more than four hours to clear the mess, which included an old air conditioner, tires, and construction debris.  Each year tons of trash is dumped illegally into the 28-mile long Mill Creek.  The creek runs through the heart of Cincinnati, traveling through 34 communities including Wyoming.

Greg Bechtel (left) and Chip Skidmore

Keeping the creek clean and viable as a recreation asset and habitat for local wildlife is one of the missions of the Mill Creek Yacht Club, formed in 1994.  The club bills itself as “simply a group of individuals that have braved the waters of the Mill Creek on one or more canoe trip expeditions.”  But it has become one of the most active proponents of the sustainability of the creek.  MCYC holds regular clean-up events, and has promoted news coverage of the creek’s environmental and recreational importance.

The Mill Creek watershed is a valuable water resource for Wyoming, and the Mill Creek Aquifer is the source of Wyoming’s fresh water for residents.  The creek’s health and welfare has long been a priority for the City.  The Mill Creek Watershed Council was created in 1995 and unified 17 local political jurisdictions to encourage restoration and sustainability for the creek, which had suffered from years of industrial and residential pollution.  For more information about the Mill Creek Watershed Council or the Mill Creek Yacht Club, go to