Through the cold and even the snow, FLMSP has been preparing the way for a solution to the worst chronic flooding problem in the Little Miami State Park. Mud and rainwater washing over the trail between Wards Corner and Beech Roads, just south of Loveland, pose a serious safety hazard for trail users. The Friends are partnering with the State of Ohio to install a drainage ditch and culvert to resolve this problem. The first step is clearing large amounts of brush from the area before the professional engineer and surveyor can begin their work.
Volunteer groups from GE and Ethicon, under the direction of FLMSP, got the massive job started. Several hardworking FLMSP volunteers joined Randy and Barbee Hirtzel, trail adopters of this section, in later work sessions.
Bill Schwinn's team of eleven moved north from their adopted section to dedicate their fourth annual New Year's Eve Day work party to the effort. Mike Dresch and Bruce Cortright hand dug temporary drainage ditches and cut and stacked larger limbs. Another joint session with the Hirtzel and Schwinn teams continued the clearing and stacked branches for later removal.
Then five hardy souls--Bill Schwinn, Bruce Cortright, Barbee Hirtzel, Mike Dresch, and Paul Morgan--worked all day in sub-freezing temperatures on January 16, even as snow fell in the afternoon, using a rented chipper to break down much of the debris. View more photos
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