Lick Run Watershed
Human Nature worked with Strand Associates and Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) to identify comprehensive wet weather strategies for reducing one of MSDGC’s largest-volumetric combined sewer overflows (CSOs): CSO #005 in the Lick Run Watershed. The Lick Run Watershed covers approximately 2,700 acres on Cincinnati’s west side and overlaps the Cincinnati neighborhoods of South Fairmount, West Price Hill, East Price Hill, and Westwood. Annually, the Lick Run CSO discharges approximately 1.5 billion gallons of combined sewage into the Mill Creek. Of that total, less than 25 percent is sewage - the rest comes from stormwater runoff and what used to be natural stream flow. As an alternative to a deep underground storage tunnel, the sustainable infrastructure solution represents a strategic investment in the watershed. This is especially true in South Fairmount, the valley of the watershed where the historical Lick Run stream once flowed to Mill Creek.