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. Starting in 1998, in accordance with the Federal Clean Water Act, local streams and the Rogue River were added to Oregon’s list of impaired waters.  Primary pollutants include temperature and bacteria as local waters are too polluted to meet water quality standards for fish and contact recreation. Local communities are implementing programs which include monitoring, education, stream restoration, best management practices, and low impact development to improve and protect water quality conditions.



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