RVCOG works on behalf on many local communities to implement local TMDL programs. Activities include water quality monitoring, education and outreach activities, riparian restoration, and other strategies to help improve water quality in local streams and rivers. 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.
Bear Creek Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Homepage
TMDL Implementation Program
Current Implementation Year July 1st 2022 – June 30th, 2023
Annual Report Drafts and Supplemental Materials – Due November 1st, 2023
Bacteria Only – September 8th Draft
Temperature only – September 8th Draft
Education Only (Note large file takes awhile to open) – September 11th Draft
Combined Version of the files above (large file) – September 12th Draft
Additional Reference Tabs – References in the long form that are not included in the above files
Reference Material and Attachments
Riparian Restoration Map (ArcGIS)
Quarterly TMDL meetings occur on the third Wednesday of January, April, July, and October. As of the January meeting, they are a hybrid format of in person at RVCOG and Zoom. Contact Greg Stabach (gstabachATrvcog.org) for information and links. Agendas and selected information from the meetings can be found below.
- July 20th, 2022
- October 19th, 2022
- Meeting cancelled to allow for work on annual reports.
- January 18th, 2023
- March 2023
- July 2023
Annual Reporting July 1st 2021 – June 30th, 2022 (Submitted in November 2022)
Activity Examples and Supplemental Information
Salmon Watch Newsletter Article (General)
Stream Smart Quarterly Meetings
- September 15, 2021-Agenda
- December 15th, 2021
- March 16th, 2022 –Agenda
- June 15th, 2022 – Agenda
Bear Creek Restoration Initiative Issue Papers
Previous Year Annual Reporting 2020-2021 (Submitted by November 1st, 2021)
Past Years Annual Reports and Supplemental Information
Water Quality Monitoring Program
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
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.
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