News and Events

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.


Salmon Watch Fall 2021

Salmon Watch is returning to the field in September and October of 2021! After a brief hiatus following the fires and COVID-19 restrictions, we are planning for a full season in the Fall. Stay tuned for more details.

Salmon Watch Spring 2021

In April and May, we conducted an abbreviated Salmon Watch Season. We held 5 hybrid sessions featuring instructors in the field teaching about macroinvertebrates and riparian areas and students, teachers, and a third instructor interacting via zoom. In addition, we hosted 12 field days with three schools. Overall, we taught the program to approximately 750 students.

Stonefly Nymph

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.