The Mud Run Conservancy is dedicated to preserving, conserving, protecting and restoring the land and water resources in the upper watershed of Mud Run. The Mud Run is a spring fed creek in Mad River Township, Clark County, Ohio.

The Housing Development on Stine Road was not approved by the Clark County Planning Commission nor the Rural Zoning Commission!
It is not too late to get involved and voice your concerns!

A very interesting meeting at the Clark County Rural Zoning Commission ended when they voted AGAINST the Hillside Creek development. However, the plan isn’t dead.

The developer can still present the plan to the Clark County Commissioners knowing both the Planning Commission and the Rural Zoning Commission don’t recommend approval. The biggest concerns are the density of houses (approximately 6 houses per acre), storm water discharge into Mud Run, increased traffic and the maintenance of common areas by the Home Owners Association (HOA). The builder turned down the chance to table the plan, rework the number of houses and address concerns and then return in July stating 162 houses was as low as they would go. The commission was then forced to make a decision and the decision was “No”!

If the developer opts to proceed the Commissioner’s meeting will also be open to the public. The announcement will be sent to residents living immediately adjacent to the development and posted in the newspaper. Please check back for the date of the next hearing regarding the Hillside Creek Development.

FYI: The Board of Clark County Commissioners holds its weekly meeting every Wednesday at its first floor conference room 151 at the Springview Government Center, 3130 East Main Street, Springfield, Ohio 45503. The informal session begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the formal session at 10 a.m.

House Bill 175

House Bill 175 to deregulate the ephemeral waters of Ohio is before the Agricultural and Conservation Committee at this time. Representative Kyle Koehler is the Committee Chair. Many local and state wide organizations have voiced their concern for the quality of Ohio’s waters if this bill passes. Research the issue and send an email to Representative Kyle Koehler voicing your thoughts on this issue. Current testimony from proponents and opponents can be found at The Ohio Legislature site.

Do you know about the redside dace? This fish is a cold-water indicator species found in an unnamed tributary of the Mud Run. A robust and sustainable population was observed  in the stream on June 8 of 2018!
Help improve the waters in the Mad River Watershed by attending any of the following activities:


  • Write the director of the Ohio Division of Natural Resources, Mary Mertz and request the Mad River receive a scenic river destination due to its unique spring fed waters and its important cold water fisheries.
  • Volunteer with Mud Run Conservancy and educate the citizens about the abundant water resources of our township and the need to protect and preserve them.
  • The Mad Men of Trout Unlimited is an organization whose focus is to study, protect and restore the Mad River. This year’s annual meeting will be held at the Simon Kenton Inn from 7-9:00 pm on March 21, 2020. Get involved with Trout Unlimited and protect The Mad, Ohio’s principal trout stream of Ohio.

The Mud Run Conservancy is dedicated to the well-being of the Mud Run Watershed. This valuable resource encompasses over 20 miles of waterways and includes the Mud Run Creek, Clear Creek, a major tributary, two minor tributaries, fens, wetlands and dozens of natural springs.