Bear Creek TMDL Implementation Tracking Homepage
The purpose of this page is assist in annual TMDL reporting by summarizing activities that have been (or will be) completed for the Bear Creek TMDL Implementation program. Materials posted on this page may include schedules, dates, copies of deliverables, tracking forms, and other relevant materials. Please contact Greg Stabach for more information. In addition, comprehensive details of program implementation is included in the annual reports submitted to the Department of Environmental Quality in September. Copies of the annual regional activities report is included for the previous year.
Water Quality Monitoring - link to program page
As part of theTMDL implementation program and also in support of the Stormwater programs, monitoring is conducted throughout the watershed at over 20 locations. In addition to stream monitoring, several storm drains are also monitored throughout the year to evaluate the relative contributions of storm drains to water quality from dry weather flows and storm flushes.
The program also includes hot spot monitoring which evaluates potential concerns of pollution on an on call basis. If you have questions or concerns regarding water quality, please refer to this contact list for questions.
Education and Outreach
Public outreach and education are important components of the Clean Water Act including the TMDL. Activites under the education and outreach implementation portion includes classes, coordination of education events (e.g., the Salmon Watch program), attending events, water quality bike rides, development of signs, brochures, posters, activities, and other materials.
Stream Smart (Click on logo for a link to the website)
Year 7/2 - July 1, 2015 through June 30th, 2016 - Current Year
Activity Summary Highlights
- Worked with the NPDES Phase II program, partners, and local schools to implement the Salmon Watch Program. The program reached over 900 students.
- Actively completing restoration projects along Bear Creek and Swanson Creek (planting of native species and managing invasives).
- Completed a map of areas needing to or being actively restored.
- Continued to monitor water quality in the Bear Creek watershed from streams and storm drains.
- Worked with partners, local businesses, and others to implement projects to improve water quality. Projects include parking lot retrofits using low impact development strategies and installations of rain gardens.
- Conducted trainings for staff on TMDL related topics including Urban Forestry and Riparian Maintenance.
- Developing projects and securing funding for additional restoration projects, educational projects, and water quality improvement projects.
- Promoted the program and education messaging through local events (Kids and Creeks, the Salmon Festival, Earth Day, The Land Steward Workshop, Arbor Day, Community Clean-up events, and the Annual Watershed Education Symposium).
- Worked with partners to coordinate and implement projects and programs. Partners included, but are not limited to: OSU Extenstion, RRWC, RBP, BCWEP, USFS, BLM, ODFW, DEQ, Lomakatsi, Sikiyou Velo Bike Club, Coyote Trails Nature Center, North Moutain Park, Scienceworks, and others.
Upcoming Events and Meetings of Interest
Monday, May 9th, 2016 - Bear Creek Watershed Working Group Meeting. Medford City Hall, Lausman Annex, Room 151. 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 21st, 2016 - Jackson County Weed Pull. At the Rogue Sports Park and Tilomikh Falls in Gold Hill. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Friday, May 27th, 2016 - Bear Creek Watershed Education Partners (BCWEP) Education Symposium at the Santos Center in Medford. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 11th, 2016 - Water Quality Bike Ride in Talent. Details coming.
Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 - Quarterly TMDL meeting at RVCOG. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.