rivertripshaynemichaelHow we manage natural resources is vitally important  to our region.   We all are responsible for the health of our watersheds and waterways.   Actions we take and the choices we make can impact the health and liveability of our region.

Natural Resources (established as the Water Resources Department in 1978) is involved in many activities  throughout the Rogue Basin directed at improving  the health and vitality of our watersheds.   Activities include water quality monitoring, regional TMDL implementation and coordination, regional water quality planning, endangered species conservation, laboratory analysis of water quality samples, watershed education, and greenway planning and construction. Natural Resources supplies technical assistance and planning services to RVCOG members and other partner organizations, provides staff support for multidisciplinary committees, and board support for partner organizations. In 2014, Natural Resources became part of the Planning Department.

Mission Statement

Work with communities and partners in the Rogue River Basin to conserve and enhance the health of our watersheds by facilitiating the development and implementation of regional strategies, and by providing technical and educational assistance. We seek to achieve a balance between economic well-being and  healthy natural systems.

Upcoming Events and Meetings of Interest!

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 – Salmon Watch Instructor Training at Bear Creek Park 2-5 p.m.

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 – Bear Creek Stewardship Day!  Join us for the Bear Creek Clean-up (8-noon)and the Kids and Creek Education Fair (11 am to 3 pm) at Bear Creek Park.  For more information visit the website by clicking here

Saturday, October 7th – Bear Creek Salmon Festival.  11 am to 4 pm at North Mountain Park in Ashland.

Natural Resources Projects:

Our  projects address a diverse range of topics including water quality monitoring, wetlands, riparian planting and restoration, vernal pools, dam removal, stormwater management (NPDES Phase II), TMDLs, and education and outreach.

Project and Program Pages

Clean Air Act Campaign – Rogue Valley Clean Air

Water Quality Monitoring

Bear Creek TMDL

Rogue Basin TMDL

Urban Runoff/Stormwater Management

Riparian Restoration

Education and Outreach

Videos

Salmonwatch (April 2013).   Links to YouTube.

Gold Ray Riparian Restoration (2013).   Links to YouTube.

Stormwater Public Service Announcement (2010).   Links to YouTube.