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 on program implementation are 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 from local streams (monthly) and storm drains (3 times a year; dry weather, first flush, and wet weather) 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, turbidity, E. coli (bacteria), phosphorus, 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 CWA included in the TMDL framework. Activities under the education and outreach implementation portion include 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. We should reach close to 1,200 students.
  • Actively completed restoration projects along Bear Creek and Griffin Creek including planting following the fires near the Expo Center.
  • Collecting monthly water quality samples.
  • Regional TMDL meeting held on October 17th, 2018.
  • In partnership with the NPDES Phase II program, Stream Smart, and the TMDL program, RVCOG Staff attended the August Institute, the Bear Creek Fall Festival, and the Salmon Festival at North Mountain Park.

Year 4 (9) – July 1, 2017 through June 30th, 2018 – Previous Year/Reporting 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 2017. It was our most successful year to date and we reached over 1,100 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.
  • Stream Smart adopted Bear Creek as part of SOLVE’s Adopt-A-River program. The Bear Creek clean-ups, Salmon Watch, and the 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 Designated Management Agencies (DMAs) of the Rogue Basin.
  • Draft annual reports (2017-2018) have been completed (due to DEQ November 1st)
  • Annual reports were completed for the 2016-2017 implementation year

Activity Photos