Grailville is part of the Little Miami River watershed and strives to keep our ecosystem beautiful and healthy. Water is a precious resource. Here are some facts about water initiatives at Grailville.
- 20 acres of our land are in a conservation easement through the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation Service’s Streambank Protection Program, which protects the acres from development in perpetuity.
- The holder of the easement is Little Miami Conservancy, a non-profit conservation organization focused on protecting the Little Miami River watershed. The Little Miami River is a State and National Scenic River.
- We planted young walnut trees on 18 acres of erodible land in reforestation project as part of the Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District’s NatureWorks program.
- A 9,000 gallon rainwater catchment system on our Dining Room irrigates the kitchen garden and orchard.
- 3 rain gardens hold rainwater run off on site and grow beautiful flowers.
- Water from one of our ponds irrigates the 56acre Earth-Shares Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) garden.
- A first-of-its-kind-in-Ohio constructed wetland treats sewage and wastewater from four of our buildings. Learn more about our wetlands.
- Our floating wetlands in the “little” pond were designed to help it come back to life, using a natural method—following the same science behind Grailville’s Constructed Wetlands—to clear up the water. The plants grow root systems which “float” in the pond act as filters and use conversion to help reduce the nitrogen and phosphorus levels and replenish the water with oxygen.