Local communities in the Bear Creek Watershed (greater Medford area) and the rest of the Rogue Basin are working together to improve watershed conditions and protect areas that provide key functions for people, wildlife, fish, and other species. Work being completed by the communities is being driven by regulations (the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act), to improve water quality, to maintain recreational access, to protect riparian areas, to provide habitat for fish and wildlife, and other reasons. The goal of the Clean Water Act is to make all waters fishable and swimmable. Specific programs that the communities are working to meet include Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), and urban runoff/stormwater management (NPDES Phase II). Creeks and the Rogue River are impaired for temperature and bacteria.
Partners are those communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals that provide funding to the program directly, and/or in-kind support. Major program funding is provided through the TMDL and NPDES Phase II Stormwater Programs in the Bear Creek watershed and the Rogue Basin.
Bear Creek Communities
Rogue Basin Communities