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.
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
Willow Staking: Bear Creek and Lone Pine Creek – Friday, March 17th, 2023, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
An Adopt-A-Greenway Event: Worldwide Walk for Water – Saturday, March 18th, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00. Register here.
Rogue Basin Natural Resources Sector: Spring Happy Hour – Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.
Stewardship Day at Rogue River Preserve – Saturday, March 25th, 2023, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Bear Creek Stewardship Day – Earth Day Clean-Up – Saturday, April 22nd, 2023, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM.
31st Annual Rogue River Clean-Up & Let’s Pull Together! – Saturday, May 20th, 2023, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. *Optional After-Party following the event.*
For those who were majorly impacted by the fire activity that has devastated our region, please view the following resources:
Oregon Wildfire Recovery – State of Oregon
2020 Wildfire Resources – State of Oregon
Oregon Wildfire Recovery – Willamette Partnership
Post-Wildfire Recovery – Cal Fire
Wildfire Recovery & Rebuilding – Shasta County
FEMA Disaster Assistance
Project and Program Pages
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.
Clean Air Act Campaign – Rogue Valley Clean Air
Water Quality Monitoring
Bear Creek TMDL
Rogue Basin TMDL
Urban Runoff/Stormwater Management
Education and Outreach
Bear Creek Restoration Initiative
Salmon Watch (April 2013). Links to YouTube
Stormwater Public Service Announcement (2010). Links to YouTube.