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What is Stormwater? 

For information about stormwater and a description of what it is, why is it a concern for water quality and the region, and for other relevant information please refer to our STORMWATER 101 page click here.  For more information on Erosion Prevention and sediment control, click here.

What Are Local Communities doing to Manage Stormwater and Clean Water Act (NPDES Phase II) Regulations?
 
Phase II Regulated Communities in the Bear Creek Watershed
 
The cities of Medford, Ashland, Phoenix, Talent, Central Point, and Jackson County were identified as MS4s under the Federal Clean Water Act (Section 402 - NPDES Phase II Regulations) in 2000.  As a result, the communities has to develop and implement plans to meet the six minimum control measures to improve water quality (reduce the amount of pollution) and water quantity (flooding/volume of water) urban areas contribute to local water ways from stormwater. All water entering storm drains enters local waterways.  Smaller creeks and road ditches flow into Bear Creek which empties into the Rogue River,.  The map below shows the outline of the Phase II boundaries (in red) for the Bear Creek Watershed. 
 
Plans are developed and implemented over a 5-year period.  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality currently has a draftt general permit out for review.  If approved, local communites will have 6 months to 1-year to revise, develop, and implement programs to meet the general permit.  Due to a revision of the general permits, the Bear Creek DMAs are currently continuing to operate their current programs under a permit extension.  New plans and program changes are anticipated in 2016-2017.   

 

NPDES Phase II Requirements:
 
The Stormwater Management Plans outline how municipalties will meet the six minimum control measures of the stormwater program.
 
1.     Public Education and Outreach - EPA Factsheet
2.     Public Involvement and Participation - EPA Factsheet
3.     Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination - EPA Factsheet
4.     Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control - EPA Factsheet
5.     Post Construction Stormwater Management - EPA Factsheet
6.     Pollution Prevention in Municipal Operations - EPA Factsheet
 
The Bear Creek MS4's are working collectively to ensure consistency throughout the region.  The Cities of Medford and Ashland have their own permits and programs, and Rogue Valley Sewer Services (RVS) is currently acting as the agent (and permit holder) for the cities of Central Point, Talent, Phoenix, and Jackson County. 
 
Activity Summary - Completed and/or planned

Role of the Rogue Valley Council of Governments (RVCOG),
 
     
 
RVCOG is assisting in implementing the Public Education and Outreach and Public Involvement and Participation portions of the programs and in providing coordination between all the DMAs.  In addition, RVCOG is working with the MS4s in implementing other portions of the Clean Water Act (TMDLs), so we are providing coordination between the programs.

 

Program Contact:

Greg Stabach, Natural Resources Program Manager, (541) 423-1370, gstabach@rvcog.org

  Ashland                                      

Contact: Pieter Smeenk, City Engineer, (541) 552-2413  

Public Works

51 Winburn Way

Ashland,  OR.  97520 

Stormwater Link - Ashland Public Works Website
 
Local Events 
Ashland's Annual Earthday Celebration - April each year
 
Programs/Workshops
 
 
Where you can see projects, best management practices (BMPs), and low impact development (LID) strategies:
 
Riverwalk Wetlands
Mountain Avenue -across the street from North Mountain Park

   

 City of Medford

Contact:  Roger Thom, Utilities Engineer , (541) 774-2129

Stormwater Link - Public Works 

Local Events

Pear Blossom Festival - April each year
  
Programs/Workshops
 
Medford Parks and Recreation Community Connections (all programs including classes)
 
  
Where you can see projects, best management practices (BMPs), and low impact development (LID) strategies:
 
 
Opus Broadcasting
511 Rossanley Drive
Medford, OR. 97501
 
 

Rogue Valley Sewer Services (Currently implementing the programs for Central Point, Jackson County, Phoenix, and Talent).

 

Contact:  Jennie Morgan, Stormwater Program Coordinator, (541) 664-6300

Rogue Valley Sewer Services

138 Vilas Road

Central Point, OR.  97502 

Stormwater Quality Link - RVS Website

 

Local Events  
  
 
Programs/Workshops
Trainings at RVS
 
Where you can see projects, best management practices (BMPs), and low impact development (LID) strategies:
 
RVS Parking Lot
138 Vilas Road
Central Point, OR.  97502
 
 
 
Twin Creeks Development - Central Point
 

 Resources, Materials, Reports, Links

Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Page

Rogue Valley Stormwater Quality Design Manual

2005 - 2010 Storm Drain Monitoring Report Summary

Car Wash Kit Information

 

Regional Programs

 

Salmon Watch Program

  

 

The Salmonwatch program was initially developed by Oregon Trout in 1993 as an environmental education program for middle and high school students.  The programs goals are to foster :

 

  1. A deeper connection between humans and the ecosystems in which we live.
  2. A strong recognition of salmon as an important indicator of watershed and environmental health.
  3. A greater respect for the value of restoring wild fish stocks to sustainable levels.
  4. An understanding of the importance of salmon to native culture and Native American philosophy about nature.
  5. A sense of environmental stewardship through a participation in service leaning projects.

 

The program includes a comprehensive curriculum, streamside field trips, teacher and volunteer training, facilitiation and coordination of service learning projects, and funding for transportation and teachers.

 

 

Salmonwatch was implemented in Jackson County by Oregon Trout and the Freshwater Trust through 2009.  In 2009, the program went on hiatus until 2012 when the program was re-established using funding provided by a grant from the Carpenter Foundation and funding provided by the Bear Creek Stormwater MS4s.  Primary coordination for the program was completed by by the Rogue Valley Council of Governments and Oregon State University Extension. Other partners included the Bear Creek Watershed Education Partners (BCWEP), the Bear Creek Watershed Council (BCWC), Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District, Coyote Trails Nature Center, the Rogue Basin Coordinating Council (RBCC), Rogue Valley Sewer Services, Central Point, Medford, Phoenix, Talent, Ashland, and Jackson County.

 

The program provided opportunities for 15 classes of students from schools in Ashland, Talent, Medford, Central Point, and Medford to learn about salmon and water quality in the Rogue Basin through a series of lessons focused on Salmon Biology and Salmon Life Cycles, Water Quality, Aquatic Macroinvertebrates, and Riparian Ecosystems.  A video of one of the programs conducted is available by clicking here

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Additional funding is currently being sought to implement the program in the spring and fall of 2014.  Under the current education programs, a few classes will be conducted in the Bear Creek Valley with funding provided by the Bear Creek MS4s.

 

Salmon Watch Presentation - Provides and overview of the program.

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