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TMDL Implementation Program

Program Background

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.

Current Implementation Year  July 1st 2022 – June 30th, 2023

What’s New?

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

TMDL Data Summary and Charts

Riparian Restoration Map (ArcGIS)

Interactive Riparian Map 2023

TMDL Meetings

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 ( for information and links.  Agendas and selected information from the meetings can be found below.

Other Reports


Salmon Watch 2022 – 2023 (Fall 2022 Program)

Annual Reporting July 1st 2021 – June 30th, 2022 (Submitted in November 2022)

Draft Reports

Regional Matrix Short Form Draft (10/31/2022)

Regional Long Form Draft (10/31/2022)

Regional Cover Letter Draft

Jacksonville Short Form

Jacksonville Long Form

Activity Examples and Supplemental Information

Salmon Watch Newsletter Article (General)

Stream Smart Quarterly Meetings

Bear Creek Restoration Initiative Issue Papers


Previous Year Annual Reporting 2020-2021 (Submitted by November 1st, 2021)

Regional Report Short Form Matrix Only – October 11th Version

Regional Report Long Form October 11th 2021 

Riparian Restoration Map Link

Past Years Annual Reports and Supplemental Information


Short Form (One-page Excel Report)

Long Form (Report with all supplemental information on tabs).  Uploaded on 10/21/20.


Short Form

Long Form – File is split into two due to size limitations of the website.

Part 1 

Part 2

Salmon Watch 2018 Report (pdf)

Water Quality Monitoring Program

Link to program page

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.

Current TMDL Trends

2013-2018 – Stormdrain Trends

Preliminary Monitoring Results

July-Sept 2023

Oct – Dec 2023

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.

Stream Smart (Click on logo for a link to the website)

319 Grant Deliverables

Activity photos


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We shall act as a catalyst to promote quality of life, effective
and efficient services, and leadership in regional communication,
cooperation, planning, and action in Southern Oregon.


Our Core Values:

Service, Collaboration, Professionalism, Stewardship,
Integrity and Respect.


Our Mission:

We shall act as a catalyst to promote quality of life, effective and efficient services, and leadership in regional communication, cooperation, planning, and action in Southern Oregon

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