To meet the requirements of the Rogue Basin TMDL under the Clean Water Act, the City of Grants Pass is implementing management strategies to improve water quality conditions by reducing or eliminating temperature and bacteria inputs within the City limits and Urban Growth Boundary to the Rogue River and its tributaries (e.g., Gilbert Creek, Sand Creek). Strategies include riparian restoration to improve stream shade, managing urban runoff, community education and outreach, and erosion prevention and sediment control. Planned strategies are outlined in a DEQ approved plan that is implemented over a 5-year period. After 5-years, plans are revised and updated for another 5-year period until water quality standards are met.
Plan years run from July 1st through June 30th annually. The first 5-year cycle ran from July 1st, 2010 through June 30th, 2015. Revised plans for the next 5 year implementation period (2015-2020) were submitted to DEQ for approval in June 2015. Grants Pass began implementation of the new plan on July 1st, 2015.
- Year 8/3- July 1st, 2016 through June 30th 2018 (Current Year).
- Year 7/2- July 1st, 2016 through June 30th, 2017. Previous Year. Reports due on September 30th, 2017.
Grant Pass TMDL Implementation Plan
- Annual Report
Rogue Valley Stormwater Quality Design Manual – Link
Fact Sheets -EPAs Low Impact Development “Barrier Buster” Factsheets Series
Rain Gardens – Oregon Rain Garden Guide (O.S.U. Extension)
Link to the Riparian Restoration Page
Life on the Edge: Improving Riparian Function. OSU Extension. Click Here to Watch. Links to YouTube.
Invasive Species Management
Please click here for recommended management strategies for common invasive species.
Irrigation, Manure, and Nutrient Management Information
Schools in Grants Pass including Grants Pass High School, North Valley High School, and Hidden Valley High have been participating in the program since it was re-established. Partners on the program include RVCOG, Rogue River Watershed Council, Siskiyou Field Institute, and the Medford Water Commission.
Brochures and Videos
Click on Brochures for links to the .pdf files.
TMDL 101 – Provides an overview of the TMDL Program and talking points.
Stormwater 101 – General information on Stormwater and Water Quality for the Bear Creek MS4 program hosted on RVCOG’s website.