COVID-19 and Area Fires
We are working with our community partners, local municipalities, schools, and others to adjust our programs to meet social distancing requirements. We have programs that are being offered virtually (online), using Zoom or other platforms, and limited on-site programs/events as conditions allow.
We are currently evaluating next steps to address the impacts of the fires and smoke. Planning is underway for both short-term and long-term responses to the fire, including evaluating immediate threats to water quality and how we might be able to help mitigate impacts and restore the burned areas.
Post Fire Volunteer Activities (Clean-ups and Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control)
In October and November 2020, the Stream Smart program worked with Jackson County and other partners on the Almeda Fire affected area. Volunteers worked to spread additional seed on burned locations, spread straw to help protect the soil, and clean up non hazardous trash along Bear Creek and the Greenway. Over the 12 work sessions, almost 300 volunteers contributed 999 hours to the efforts (Jackson County 2020).
Community Clean-Up Events
Annual clean-up events are coordinated with the SOLVE events in April and September. For more information on local events, including dates, times, and starting locations, visit the Bear Creek Stewards website.