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Program Summary

To meet the Rogue Basin TMDL under the Clean Water Act, the City of Grants Pass is implementing a number of different management strategies to improve water quality by reducing temperature and bacteria inputs within the City limits and Urban Growth Boundary to the Rogue River and its tributaries (e.g., Skunk, Gilbert, Fruitdale, Jones, and Sand creeks). Strategies include riparian restoration to improve stream shade, managing urban runoff to reduce pollution, conducting community education and outreach programs, and erosion prevention and sediment control. Planned strategies are outlined in a DEQ-approved plan that is  implemented over a 5-year period. After 5 years, plans are revised and updated for another 5-year period until water quality standards are met. Implementation of the program will be completed by the City, contractors, partner organizations, the public, schools, colleges, and other groups.  Plans were updated in 2020 for the next 5-year cycle.

Plan years run from July 1st through June 30th annually.

Current Year


Salmon Watch Program is currently underway!  We are hosting a program at Reinhardt Park in October 2022.


Previous Year Reports

Report Due 11/01/2022

2021-2022 Short Form

2021-2022 Long Form

Salmon Watch Report (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

Activity Examples and Supplemental Information

Salmon Watch Newsletter Article (General)

Stream Smart Quarterly Meetings

Older Reports

2020-2021 Short Form (Matrix Text only)

2020-2021 Long form (Matrix and all supporting documents)

Past Years Reports

  • Year 5 – July 1st, 2019 through June 30th, 2020 (Previous Year).
  • Year 4 (9) – July 1st 2018, through June 30th, 2019.
  • Year 8/3 – July 1st, 2017 through June 30th 2018
  • Year 7/2 – July 1st, 2016 through June 30th, 2017. Reports due on September 30th, 2017.

Activity Highlights

Stream Smart

The City promotes and supports Stream Smart programs throughout the basin, including the website, Facebook page, weed pulls, trainings, workshops, Salmon Watch, and other programs.

Salmon Watch

Schools in Grants Pass, including Grants Pass High School, North Valley High School, Parkside Elementary, and Hidden Valley High School have been participating in the program since it was re-established. Partners of the program include RVCOG, Rogue River Watershed Council (RRWC), Siskiyou Field Institute, Josephine County, the Bear Creek TMDL and Stormwater Communities, and the Medford Water Commission.

Reinhart Park Invasive Species and Restoration Project


Grants Pass Draft TMDL Implementation Plan 2020-2025

Grant Pass TMDL Implementation Plan Reports 2016-2017

Rogue Valley Stormwater Quality Design Manual – Link

Fact Sheets – EPA’s Low Impact Development “Barrier Buster” Factsheets Series

Rain GardensOregon Rain Garden Guide (O.S.U. Extension)

Riparian Restoration – Link to the Riparian Restoration Page

Life on the Edge: Improving Riparian Function. OSU Extension. Click Here to Watch. Links to YouTube.

Invasive Species Management

The local County Weed Management Agency needs your help in targeting 4 invaders of concern:

  1.  Garlic Mustard
  2.  Japanese Knotweed – Link to a Guide on how to control knotweed.
  3.  Puncturevine
  4.  Tree of Heaven

Additional Resources on Noxious Weeds

Oregon Department of Agriculture 


TMDL 101 – Provides an overview of the TMDL program and talking points.

Quick Links:

Irrigation, Manure, and Nutrient Management Information

Managing Small Acreage Horse Farms (OSU Extension Publication)

Web Links:

Stormwater 101 – General information on Stormwater and Water Quality for the Bear Creek MS4 program hosted on RVCOG’s website.

Stream Smart

Upcoming Events:

Regional TMDL Meeting October 29th, 2019

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