<b>Rogue River and Table Rocks</b> <b>Salmon spawn in local streams and the Rogue River</b> <b>Close up of a spawning salmonid</b> <b>Learning about stream macroinvertebrates</b> <b>Planting native trees and shrubs to restore streams and the Rogue River</b>

Change Starts with You!

Welcome to the Stream Smart Program.  We need your help to protect local creeks and rivers!

Have you ever wondered how clean our local creeks and the rivers are?  Did you know that there are several species of salmon, including the threatened Coho Salmon, that return throughout the year to spawn in our stream?  Have you ever thought about how choices you make could impact water quality?  Through this website, the Stream Smart Team invites you to learn ways that you can help keep our waters clean, fishable, and swimmable.  Together we can have cool, clean water for life!

What's New?

Public Health Advisories

Limited water quality monitoring data is collected throughout the Rogue Basin. As part of the monitoring programs, information is provided to the public concerning the levels of bacteria and whether or not they exceed state water quality standards and pose a risk for human contact recreation (swimming, wading). Please note the information is advisory only. Contact local health departments for information on health risks.

Click the link below to see the most current press release/Health Advisory for Bear Creek. Please note that the information is provided as an Advisory Only.

PRESS RELEASE June2017

Find our Geocaches

Learn about Stream Smart practices that are being done in the community. Can you find the following Geocaches:

Wait, that’s used for what? #1 (GC6BXGD)
What’s in a Stream? (GC6C28T)

Visit geocaching.com for more information.

Rain Garden Guide

Upcoming Events – Get out and volunteer or learn more!

Check the events calendar below, our Facebook site, or the Calendar tab for upcoming events!

 

Streamside – Living along the water

Plant to prevent erosionPlants help protect streambanks and help prevent flooding while removing pollution. Learn how to improve your streambank, by streamside gardening.

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Manage Stormwater

People planting a rain gardenLearn simple and beautiful solutions to manage stormwater runoff, including rain gardens, permeable pavements, and green roofs.

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Commercial

Even a Business can create a living roofCommercial lots and businesses can also help to reduce pollution; from covering dumpsters to sweeping sidewalks.

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At Home – In the Garden

Raise the height of your lawn mower
Did you know you can help improve soil and water quality through your lawn care and gardening practices? We need your help!

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Auto Care

Properly maintain your vehicle and its fluidsDid you know washing your car can send detergents into the creek? Learn how to safely maintain your car or truck.

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Agriculture and Small Farms

Farm water-conscientiously for the FutureWhether you have a small hobby farm or a large operation, there are many ways Farmers, Ranchers, and Horticulturists can help protect our creeks, rivers, and streams.

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Keep Our Streams Clean and Clear

A locally produced public service announcement on stormwater/urban runoff.

Upcoming Events

  1. Salmon Watch returns in September!

    September 14 @ 8:00 amNovember 12 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Get Involved! Bear Creek Stewardship Day

    September 23 @ 8:00 am3:00 pm
  3. Bear Creek Salmon Festival

    October 7 @ 11:00 am4:00 pm

Water Quality Concerns

To reach the DEQ complaint hotline for Discharge of pollutants (petroleum products, chemicals, soaps, sediment, etc.) directly or indirectly from a specific source into public waters—call the DEQ complaint hotline at 1-888-997-7888 or visit http://www.deq.state.or.us/complaints/rep.htm. Be as specific as possible, especially when it comes to identifying the source.

For other concerns General Water Quality Concern Links