Making Streams Better

For decades, humans have contributed excess nutrients and other pollutants to the Rogue River and Bear Creek directly, through storm drains, or through its tributaries causing impairments to water quality. Starting in 1998, under the Federal Clean Water Act, local streams and the Rogue River were added to Oregon’s list of impaired waters. The list identified water bodies that require protection and planning to reduce and ultimately eliminate pollution. Primary pollutants affecting local streams and the Rogue River include temperature and bacteria. Local communities and designated management agencies are implementing programs which include monitoring, education, stream restoration, best management practices, and low impact development to improve and protect water quality conditions impacted by urbanization.



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