of the U.S. Air Force
The rivers of Southwestern Ohio continue to shape its destiny. The Ohio and Great Miami rivers provided transportation for people and products via river barges and canal boats. Water power helped industries grow and encouraged technological advances that continue today in cities such as Cincinnati and Dayton, where the arts flourish and sports teams entertain fans and visitors.
In the Little Miami Valley and other watersheds flowing into the Ohio River, the fertile farmland is now a source for the specialty crops popular with the farm-to-table movement in urban restaurants and at farmers markets. There are still naturally wild spaces to be found at state parks that offer boating, camping, fishing and nature programs.