Bear Creek Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Homepage

The purpose of this page is to assist communities in TMDL reporting by summarizing activities that have been (or will be) completed for the Bear Creek TMDL program.   Materials posted on this page may include schedules, maps, dates of events, copies of deliverables, photos, 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.

Ongoing TMDL Programs

Water Quality Monitoringlink to program page

Water quality samples are collected on local streams (monthly) and storm drains (3 times a year) at more than 35 locations from Ashland through Central Point.   Samples are analyzed by RVCOG in a lab provided by the City of Medford.  Samples are analyzed in the field or lab for temperature, pH, conductivity, E.coli (bacteria), phosphorus, ammonia, and BOD (biological oxygen demand).

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 5 (10) – July 1, 2018 through June 30th, 2019 – Current Year

Activity Summary Highlights

  • Working with the NPDES Phase II program, partners, and local schools to implement the Salmon Watch Program in the fall of 2018.  It was our most successful year to date and we reached over 1100 students.
  • Actively completed restoration projects along Bear Creek and Griffin Creek.
  • Collected monthly water quality samples, storm drain samples (3 times), and additional bacteria samples.
  • Maintained the Stream Smart website and continued to build the brand through partners, marketing, events, and activities.
  • Facilitated the Stream Smart Advisory Committee which met quarterly.
  • Translated Stream Smart Pledge cards into Spanish and printed both English and Spanish copies (10,500 copies total).
  • The Regional Manager (RVCOG) has been coordinating materials and equipment with local schools to support science and volunteer projects.
  • The Stream Smart Program adopted Bear Creek as part of SOLVE’s Adopt A River Program.  The Bear Creek Clean Ups, Salmon Watch, and Bear Creek Fall Festival are all part of the Adopt A River Program.
  • Kicked off the Go Blue! Campaign with the Adopt a river program.
  • Quarterly TMDL meetings were held with Rogue Designated Management Agencies (DMAs).
  • Draft Annual Reports (previous Year 2017-2018) have been completed (Due to DEQ November 1st)
  • Annual Reports were completed for the 2016-2017 implementation year

Activity Photos