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 9/4 – July 1, 2017 through June 30th, 2018 – 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 2017.
  • Actively completing restoration projects along Bear Creek and Lazy Creek (planting of native species and managing invasives).
  • Monthly water quality samples are being 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.
  • Coordinating the annual clean ups along Bear Creek with multiple partners.
  • Quarterly TMDL meetings are being held with Rogue Designated Management Agencies (DMAs).  A meeting was held in July.
  • Draft Annual Reports have been completed (Due to DEQ November 1st)
  • Leveraged additional project funding through the TMDL program dues (over $100,000.00)

Activity Photos