News and Events

This page summarizes recent program activity including blogs, activity photos, press releases, and other information.  It also has information on upcoming events and activities.

Recent Activity Photos

Creek Safety Notices in Bear Creek

As part of local monitoring programs conducted on behalf of the Bear Creek communities to meet their obligations under the Clean Water Act, an Advisory Press Release is issued where samples exceeding bacteria standards are found. The notice is ADVISORY ONLY. For more information, please click on the link to the press release below, or visit the monitoring page here.

Post Fire Volunteer Activities (Clean-ups and Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control)

As part of the initial response to the Almeda and Table Rock (Central Point) fires, 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).

Work continues on post fire activities including monitoring of the fire impacts (water quality, partnership with OSU Extension students, and biosurveys), restoration of the corridor, restoring and increasing pollinator habitat, and reconnecting floodplains.

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.