<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?  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/Quick Links?

Go Blue – 2018 Stream Smart Campaign

Join us in our 2018 Campaign as we clean up along Bear Creek as part of the Adopt-A-River Program.

Bear Creek Fall Festival – Saturday, September 29th, 2018

 

Help us Go Blue! by attending the Bear Creek Fall Festival to learn about the Bear Creek Watershed and volunteer for the Fall Clean-up events.

Salmon Watch

It’s back!

As students go back to school and Salmon return to the Rogue Basin, the Salmon Watch Program also returns.  Salmon Watch connect students with local streams and rivers by organizing field trips for schools.  On the field trips, students learn about watershed health and stewardship from the salmon’s perspective.  Classes are taught on Salmon biology, water quality, macro invertebrates, and riparian areas.  The classes are taught by local experts, former teachers, and trained instructors.

We are currently recruiting volunteer and contracted instructors for the program.  We are also in the process of scheduling schools for the available field days.  For information please contact Greg Stabach at the Rogue Valley Council of Governments.

Salmon Watch Page

Storm Drain Brochure

Click on the picture to find out more about storm drains!

Rain Garden Guide

 

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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Upcoming Events

  1. Rogue Basin Salmon Watch Program – Coming Fall 2018!

    September 24 @ 8:00 amNovember 1 @ 5:00 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