MSD News

County, city fighting over sewers again

Posted on August 21st, 2014

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports “The fight over Hamilton County’s sewer district ramped up again Wednesday when county officials accused the city of Cincinnati of ignoring its instructions and risking hundreds of millions of dollars in ratepayers’ money.”  Read More

The county resolution reads, in part, ” The County Prosecutor is requested to enforce these and other Resolutions of the Board
with respect to the MSDGC, including the employment of Special Counsel for such enforcement,
and to evaluate the potential financial liability of the City, as operator of MSDGC, for ultra vires
actions taken by MSDGC outside of its authority and in violation of the instructions provided by
the County.

The County Administrator is directed to notify the Interim City Manager of this
Resolution and seek to obtain from the Interim City Manager written confirmation within five (5)
business days that the City will cause the County’s instructions to the City regarding MSDGC to
be complied with immediately and will take corrective action to address damages caused by the
ongoing and prior failures of MSDGC to be in compliance with the instructions of the County, as
Read the full resolution here.

Sierra Club appreciates the county’s increased oversight, review and diligence in reviewing and directing the work of the MSDGC.

Kings Run Sewer Overflow Update from MSDGC

Posted on July 23rd, 2014

MSD’s Kings Run Sewer Overflow Project  Public Meeting 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 Harmony Lodge in Spring Grove Village

646 East Epworth Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45232

Join MSD on Thursday, July 31, 2014 for an update on the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s (MSD) Kings Run Project, which will eliminate about 156 million gallons of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) into the Mill Creek and Kings Run, a tributary of the Mill Creek. The meeting will provide details about the Kings Run Project, including:

  • Benefits
  • Project details/design
  • Schedule
  • Impacts to the community

The Kings Run Project includes three phases that will be constructed between 2015 and 2018 in College Hill,

Winton Hills, and Spring Grove Village. The projects focus on reducing the amount of stormwater in MSD’s combined sewer system through the use of stormwater detention basins, new stormwater sewers, CSO storage tank, and stream restoration, among other solutions.

The meeting will include a presentation followed by a project poster session where attendees can talk to MSD staff about project details.

Street parking is available along North Edgewood and East Epworth avenues.

For more information about MSD’s Kings Run Project, please visit You can also contact MSD Engineering Customer Service at (513) 557-3594 or

Kings Run Announcement Flier-1


The Hamilton County Commission unanimously passed the new stormwater rules for Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC).

You can download new stormwater separation policy Stormwater Policy–7-3-14

Thanks to the Hamilton County Monitor Team and Administration for developing these rules and the Commission for passing them.

We look forward to seeing MSDGC’s implementation!


contaminated stormwater contains many pollutants & even trash

County calls on city to address leadership failures and lack of performance at Metropolitan Sewer

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Over the past year The Miami Group has been participating in a coalition on fixing the sewer system in Cincinnati. Like most old cities have, we have sewers that combine storm water with sanitary flows. With very little effort to capture, retain and manage storm water  the result is frequent system overload and deliberate dumping of 14 billion gallons of water containing raw sewage into our environment every year (Mill Creek, My Airy Forest, Wooden Shoe Hollow, Little Miami River, etc.). The Sierra Club was party to a law suit that produced a federal consent decree requiring the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)  fix this problem. This huge project will cost billions of dollar,  now showing up as charges on our water bills.

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The Sierra Club’s Miami Group has been working for over a decade to get the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) to improve its antiquated sewer system that combines sewage and rainwater runoff, resulting in overflows into our rivers and people’s basements.

Despite a court order, MSD’s progress has been agonizingly slow. This past year, new construction contracts were stopped by the Hamilton County Commissioners over Cincinnati’s Responsible Bidder ordinance. After studying the issue, the Miami Group’s Executive Committee (ExCom) decided that the Responsible Bidder requirements would benefit the environment in the long run, as well as bring good new construction jobs to the region.

In order to resume construction on the much-needed sewer improvements, the Miami Group joined the BUILD 513 coalition with the Laborers’ International Union, the Baptist Ministers Conference, the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, and other community groups in a campaign with three long-term goals:
• Clean rivers from green sewers
• Good sewer construction jobs thru Responsible Bidder
• Affordable sewer rates thru a progressive rate structure
BUILD 513′s immediate goal is to get the Hamilton County Board to release MSD’s construction funds so work can resume on the improved sewer system.

You can help by signing and circulating the BUILD 513 PETITION-Release the funds. Mail or FAX the signed petitions by March 19 to:

Laborers’ International Union
2135 Dana Ave, Suite 240
Cincinnati, Ohio 45207


You can also sign the petition online by clicking on the petition. BUILD 513 will deliver all signed petitions to the Hamilton County Commissioners on March 21.

Thanks for helping us protect our environment,

Sam McKinley
Chair, Miami Group Executive Committee