Cincinnati: Landslide Capital of the Country

You heard him on WVXU — now see him in person! University of Cincinnati (UC) Prof. Barry Maynard talks landslides this Thursday and Friday, April 17 and 18, in a seminar designed for real estate agents and engineers, but open to the public. 

UC’s “Dr. Landslide” Barry Maynard, professor of geology at the University of Cincinnati, and Tim Agnello, registered professional geologist, are presenting a workshop on the geological hazards of Cincinnati called “What Every Realtor Needs to Know About the Geology of the Tri-State Region: A hands-on workshop for engineers, Realtors and other interested professionals.” The workshop meets several continuing education requirements in Ohio and Kentucky. The public, especially educators and other professionals are welcome to attend.
When: Part I takes place Thursday, April 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Part II takes place Friday, April 18. Both parts include hands-on field trips.
Where: Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, 14 Knollcrest Drive, Cincinnati
Why: 7 hours RE and Appraisal, Part I; 15 hours for Parts I and II. (Cost determined based on continuing education credits.)
Instructors: Prof. of Geology Barry Maynard, University of Cincinnati; Tim Agnello, consulting engineering geologist, UC adjunct instructor, Department of Geology
Who you gonna call: Tim Agnello, 513-321-3391, seating is limited — reservations are required



Register here!

  • Find out why some people call Cincinnati the “landslide capital of the United States.”
  • Did you know that Cincinnati’s unique geologic landscape led to its becoming the sixth largest city in the United States by 1850?
  • Have you ever wondered what the Environmental Quality District (EQD) is (on the purchase contract & exclusive right to sell) and what has just recently replaced the EQD in the City code? It’s called the “Hillside Overlay District.” In this seminar, attendees will learn about the new overlay district, what it is and where it is.
  • Ever wonder why some areas of the Tri-state flood even though they aren’t located in a designated flood plain?
  • Ever had a client ask you if that creek in the backyard is a problem? Landslides, floods, and stream erosion are typically outside the expertise of a whole-house inspector.
  • Learn where the problem areas are and how to advise your client when you come across geologic “red flags” in the tri-state region.

"So, as a Realtor, you need to be aware of these potential problems," says Agnello. "Whether you need to protect your buyer as a buyer’s-agent or know if you are working on a listing in a landslide-prone area, this class will help you limit your risk and your clients’. Many Cincinnati-area homes have undergone costly repairs or have been condemned because of these hazards, and typical homeowners’ insurance does not cover these risks."



Don’t miss the second half of this class and see what we have been talking about: A hands-on field trip to two well-known landslide-prone areas in Cincinnati. See first hand the slow destructive nature of landslides in Cincinnati. One area has seen damage to residential buildings for more than 20 years, with four dwellings demolished. The other area has seen landslide problems for more than 150 years — that still continue. Bring your construction boots and digital cameras for this excursion. (More hours of continuing education credit are available for the second day as well.)

Read more about the workshop. 

Did you miss the Cincinnati Edition broadcast? Listen to the podcast here: Cincinnati Edition: April 12, 2008

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