Stream Smart is an educational campaign designed to affect change in behavior by increasing awareness concerning the choices we make every day and how they might impact our local streams and rivers. Anyone can make Stream Smart choices at home to help. It can be as simple as picking up after your pet, or more complex by creating walk ways and driveways with porous materials (materials that allow water to drain through), or by planting native trees by streams and rivers to provide shade and cool the water. All of these actions work to help reduce water pollution and improve water quality conditions. By providing information and tools that individuals need to make Stream Smart choices, we help to empower everyone to do their part to turn our streams from brown to blue — change starts with you!
The Bear Creek Watershed Council (now the Rogue River Watershed Council), the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District, Rogue Valley Sewer Services, Rogue River Valley Irrigation District, local city and county representatives, and others teamed up in 2011 to develop a strategy to increase awareness about simple, everyday behavior changes residents and businesses can adopt to improve the quality of water flowing in local creeks and rivers.
The Stream Smart program has grown from a Bear Creek focus to a Rogue Basin-wide campaign. The program now includes communities, agencies, and organizations from across the watershed. The partners are working on consistent messaging across the Rogue River Basin and are also coordinating these local efforts with larger efforts across the state.
Stream Smart is a broad-based campaign that encourages people and businesses to adopt simple, yet important actions to improve our water quality. We will continue to update and expand the Stream Smart campaign as our resources allow. If you have an idea for a pledge, or information to add to the website that will help residents and businesses improve water quality, please Contact Us. We want to know what additional Stream Smart actions you think are important.
You get to feel the satisfaction of knowing that you made a difference by helping to improve water quality in your local creek! After you take a Stream Smart pledge, you will receive feedback about how much pollution you prevented from entering our local streams. You become part of Stream Smart pledge community, and your general location will be shown on an interactive map, alongside the location of other community members who also pledged to be Stream Smart.
For more information about Stream Smart, please email us at: info AT stream-smart.com
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