Cincinnati Business Courier, June 3, 2013, South Fairmount
EPA approves Mill Creek sewer overhaul
EnlargeThe city, county and Metropolitan Sewer District’s plan to control overflowing sewage won approval by federal regulators on Monday.
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Email | Twitter | LinkedIn The city, county and Metropolitan Sewer District’s plan to control overflowing sewage won approval by federal regulators on Monday, including an innovative part that would bring a long-buried stream in South Fairmount back to the surface.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave its formal approval to what local governments call the “revised original Lower Mill Creek Partial Remedy.” It’s a plan that was submitted in December to stop nearly 1.8 billion gallons of dirty water, including unprocessed sewage, from flowing into the Mill Creek.
One of the centerpieces is a first-of-its-kind plan to bring a creek back to the surface of South Fairmount neighborhood. The Lick Run creek would displace businesses, fast food restaurants and old homes between White Street, Queen City Avenue, Westwood Avenue and the Western Hills Viaduct. But it also creates the possibility of redeveloping the neighborhood and putting green space along the creek.