Name That Creek!

Waterway in Mad River Twp. finally gets a name

Cutouts celebrate the naming of Coyote Run Creek in Mad River Township. PAM COTTREL/CONTRiBUTOR

Pam Cottrel/Springfield News Sun| Aug 27, 2020

Well, it is finally official. In Mad River Township, an unnamed little tributary of Mud Run now has a name, Coyote Run Creek.

Measuring 4.3 miles long, Coyote Run begins near the Springfield Airpark, flows under Route 68, the bike trail, and along Hustead Road. It curves back and forth and passes under South Tecumseh Road and through a wooded area along Fairfield Pike before merging with Mud Run not far from the intersection of Hagan Road and Fairfield.

Although the name was chosen by local school children last fall, the formal naming process took nearly 13 months of effort by Kathleen Mathews and other members of the Mud Run Conservancy.

The conservancy is a local non-profit organization that watches over the Mud Run Watershed. The area of the watershed encompasses the Mad River Twp. land that is south, east, and west of Enon.

The source of Mud Run is in the fields and wooded areas beyond the Rocky Point Chapel. Mud Run flows under the historic stone arch bridge on Rocky Point Road, and past the Partington Spring House on South Tecumseh. When it is seen again, it has grown considerably as it flows under bridges on Hagen and Fowler roads. That is Mud Run in the valley between the VFW and Stine Road where the fireworks show is each July. It then flows behind Hunters Glen and Holiday Valley before it joins the Mad River near the intersection of I-70 and I- 675.

The watershed includes Mud Run, Clear Creek and their tributaries, cool freshwater springs, and different kinds of low-lying wetlands as well as fens, which are important to the quality of local ground water and wells.

Members of the Mud Run Conservancy announced the contest to name the stream at the Enon Independence Day celebrations in 2019.

Over the next few weeks, 14 names were proposed. The board of the Mud Run Conservancy narrowed the field to five that reflected the history, and the plants and animals found that area of the township.

  • “McDonald Brook” remembers a farmer who once lived along that creek.
  • “Coyote Run” pointed out that the area has “an abundance of coyotes.”
  • “Redside Run” and “Dacey Creek” were both picked because the redside dace minnow has been found in this creek which indicates the cold spring fed stream is environmentally healthy.
  • Finally “Hustead Run” was selected because the creek is “parallel to Hustead Road,” and flows through the Hustead area and behind the old Hustead Elementary, now known as Hustead School House Farm Market.

Last November, 757 kindergarten through fourth-grade students at Enon Primary studied the map and the names, and then voted.

Coyote Run got nearly half the votes with 365, followed by McDonald Brook with 126, Hustead Creek with 116, Redside Run with 87 and Dacey Creek with 63.

In the following months, the name was presented to the Mad River Twp. Trustees and Clark County Commissioners. An application was sent to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names, a part of the US Geological Survey. The application proposed that Coyote Run be the official name for this unnamed waterway.

After studying the proposal, the board approved the name on July 9.

When word was received of the approval, Mathews, Carol Culbertson and Paul Rizzo set up a row of brightly colored cutouts of coyotes wearing cloth bandanas along Garrison Road to celebrate.

Name signs for Coyote Run have also been placed where the stream flows through a pasture then passes under the road on South Tecumseh, and in a wooded area on Fairfield Pike.

It might be fun for students who took part in the name selection vote to take a drive with the family along Garrison Road, Fairfield Pike and South Tecumseh to see how they have left their mark on the township.

Coyote Run should be on the next set of local maps that the USGS prints. I’ll be looking for it.

From Unnamed Tributary To Coyote Run: Southern Clark County Stream Is Officially Named

WYSO | By Chris Welter Published August 31, 2020 at 2:48 PM EDT

A small waterway in southern Clark County is now officially named Coyote Run.

In 2017, Enon Sand and Gravel, a subsidiary of Jurgensen companies, went to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to ask for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to discharge water from their proposed mining operation into a small local waterway that runs through private farmland. The company and the state called the waterway an “unnamed tributary.” Kathleen Mathews, who’s on the board of the environmental group Mud Run Conservancy, says that gave her an idea.

“It was so small and so insignificant it didn’t have a name. It just really annoyed me.” She says “that was part of the reason nobody was upset and so I just decided that I was going to try to figure out how you get things named.”

In July, the Mud Run Conservancy’s application to name the tributary was approved by the United States Board of Geographic Names. Now, the tributary is officially known as Coyote Run.


The Coyote Run Creek Application is complete and in the mail to the US Borad on Geographical Names. We should hear soon! (well, maybe it will take 6 months!) But the name is almost official! Spread the good news!

COYOTE RUN gets the approval of the Township Trustees.


Check off this step! DONE!

The next step is to get the Clark County Commissioner’s approval for the name, Coyote Run! And the final step in the process is to obtain approval from the US Board on Geographical Names.

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.