From 1997 to 1999, MCRP led the creation of the landmark Mill Creek Watershed Greenway Master Plan, working in partnership with more than 150 community groups and organizations to complete it. Now MCRP is working with local governments, businesses and citizens to implement pilot greenway projects that will help to improve water quality and ecosystem health, stimulate economic revitalization, and contribute to the quality of life for Mill Creek watershed neighborhoods and suburban communities. All of the pilot greenway projects will become part of future vital, living corridors within the Mill Creek watershed. Each greenway site will connect to other greenspace and trails in southwest Ohio and support development of an envisioned 28-mile greenway trail beginning in Butler County and ending at the confluence of Mill Creek and the Ohio River. In 2004 MCRP planted the first Mill Creek Freedom Trees Grove in partnership with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Paul Hemmer Companies. MCRP has made the commitment to plant ten thousand native hardwood trees along Mill Creek and its major tributary streams over the next ten years. MCRP sponsors ongoing opportunities for interdisciplinary environmental education and technical capacity building for people who live and work in the watershed. Every year, MCRP works with more than 1, 000 middle and high school students and their teachers, providing a variety of classroom and fieldwork experiences. Since 1994, MCRP has organized dozens of fieldwork events along the river that provide "hands on" training for students, civic volunteers, and nearby residents, property owners and businesses. In addition, MCRP provides paid on-the-job training for inner city residents and has provided pollution prevention technical assistance and funding for small businesses in the Mill Creek Valley. MCRP is also the publisher of a book on the environmental history of Mill Creek titled "The Mill Creek: An Unnatural History of an Urban Stream." Everyone deserves rivers and streams where there is safe fishing and swimming. MCRP serves as a steady advocate for environmentally sound and cost effective ways to achieve flood damage reduction, recommends state-of-the-art, environmentally-sustainable maintenance and management of the Mill Creek riverine system, and encourages the ongoing regeneration of these natural resources.