Creating a Legacy - Preserving Our Watershed
Our first project of 2011 was to plant trees to help curb sedimentation in the cemetery pond in the upper section of Piqua's Forest Hill Cemetery founded in 1868 which is the first jointly operated cemetery in Ohio.
Our site was to the southeast of the mausoleum located in the upper part of the cemetery.
Runoff from the site has slowly filled the pond with sediment. The pond and the hydraulic canal are two of several sources of drinking water for the city.
Members of the Middle Great Miami River Watershed Alliance planted over 1,850 trees in Piqua's Forest Hill Cemetery on April 13, 2011. Pheasants Forever and Protecting Our Water Ways provided planting equipment and manpower along with cemetery employees.
Scott Phillips, host of PBS American Woodshop, interviewed several people from the Alliance and Pheasants Forever about the project.
The segment was aired in November 2011. To watch this segment, watch episode 1810 at this link: http://wbgu.org/americanwoodshop/episodes.htmlhttp://wbgu.org/americanwoodshop/episodes.html
Photography: S. Shear 2011