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 Year Activity Highlights July 1st 2021 – June 30th, 2022
Current 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.
Stream Smart (Click on logo for a link to the website)