rivertripshaynemichaelPlease see our Creek Safety Watch Press Release here: August 2019 Press Release

How we manage natural resources is vitally important in the Rogue Valley. We all are responsible for the health of our watersheds and waterways. Actions we take and the choices we make can impact the health and liveability of our region.

Natural Resources (established as the Water Resources Department in 1978) is involved in many activities directed at improving  the health and vitality of our watersheds within the Rogue Basin.   Activities include water quality monitoring, regional TMDL implementation and coordination, regional water quality planning, endangered species conservation, laboratory analysis of water quality samples, watershed education, and greenway planning and construction. Natural Resources supplies technical assistance and planning services to RVCOG members and other partner organizations, provides staff support for multidisciplinary committees, and board support for partner organizations. In 2014, Natural Resources became part of the Planning Department.

Mission Statement

Work with communities and partners in the Rogue Basin to conserve and enhance the health of our watersheds by facilitating the development and implementation of regional strategies, and by providing technical and educational assistance. We seek to achieve a balance between economic well-being and healthy natural systems.

Upcoming Events and Meetings of Interest

September 28th, 2019
SOLVE Bear Creek Stewards Clean-Up. For more information, visit the Bear Creek Stewards website and check out these flyers: Bear Creek Clean Up Flyer – September 2019 and Bear Creek Clean Up Flyer – September 2019 – Spanish.

October 10th, 2019
Salmon Stroll – Coyote Trails Nature Center, Medford, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, visit https://secure.everyaction.com/ltWhuhAAvEKZwNo3nlYBhg2.

October 13th, 2019
Salmon Stroll – TouVelle Recreation Site, Central Point, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, visit https://secure.everyaction.com/JEYnpFVKkk-adlebHj08zQ2.

October 19th, 2019
Bear Creek Fall Festival, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.stream-smart.com/about-us/2613-2/2625-2/.

October 23rd, 2019
Imagine a Day Without Water. For more information, visit http://imagineadaywithoutwater.org/.

October 26th, 2019
Salmon Stroll – Lynn Newbry Park, Talent, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, visit https://secure.everyaction.com/XYyhjfTEZkmK2ZRRSQpPIQ2.

November 8th, 2019
7th Wild & Scenic Film Fest, Ashland Historic Armory, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit rogueriverkeeper.org.

Natural Resources Projects:

Our  projects address a diverse range of topics including water quality monitoring, wetlands, riparian planting and restoration, vernal pools, dam removal, stormwater management (NPDES Phase II), TMDLs, and education and outreach.

Project and Program Pages

Clean Air Act Campaign – Rogue Valley Clean Air

Water Quality Monitoring

Bear Creek TMDL

Rogue Basin TMDL

Urban Runoff/Stormwater Management

Riparian Restoration

Education and Outreach


Drone Services


Salmon Watch (April 2013). Links to YouTube

Stormwater Public Service Announcement (2010). Links to YouTube.