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 for recent year(s) are included as well.
Water Quality Monitoring – link to program page
As part of TMDL implementation and in supporting 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. Activities 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 8/3 – July 1, 2016 through June 30th, 2017 – Current Year
Activity Summary Highlights
- Worked with the NPDES Phase II program, partners, and local schools to implement the Salmon Watch Program in the fall of 2016. This was the most successful year of the program with the number of programs offered, students participating, and number of classes. The program reached over 900 students.
- The Salmon Watch Program also featured several programs that included active stream restoration as modules.
- Actively completing restoration projects along Bear Creek and Lazy Creek (planting of native species and managing invasives).
- Monthly water quality samples have been collected throughout the watershed.
- Storm drains are also being monitored.
- The Bear Creek TMDL program owns and is paying for the upkeep of the Stream Smart website.
- RVCOG has been facilitating the Stream Smart Advisory Committee which has been meeting quarterly to discuss the program and website.
- Major changes and updates have been completed for the Stream Smart website.
- Worked with the Stormwater programs, RVSS, and other programs to translate Stream Smart materials in Spanish.
- The Regional Manager (RVCOG) has been coordinating materials and equipment with local schools to support science and volunteer projects.
- Coordinated the annual clean ups along Bear Creek with multiple partners.
- Completed the Regional TMDL project Phase II.
- Updated the map of areas needing to or being actively restored.
Year 7/2 – July 1, 2015 through June 30th, 2016 – Previous 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.
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