Bear Creek Restoration Initiative (BCRI)
Riparian restoration along Bear Creek and its tributaries is not new has been ongoing for several decades. In early 2019, the Rogue Valley Council of Governments convened a forum of interested organizations focused on restoring the Bear Creek riparian corridor as a unit by identifying a list of riparian restoration projects along Bear Creek and its tributaries. Through those discussions, the need for a meaningful dialogue to describe appropriate restoration actions along an urbanized stream became obvious across multiple sectors. We had to find common ground that provided a balance between a truly “wild” riparian area with abundant native vegetation and a “managed” riparian area that provides the wild components but accommodates public safety concerns such as fire and fuel reduction along with social concerns including the unsheltered population living along the Creek. The Bear Creek Restoration Initiative (BCRI) is a renewed effort that takes traditional restoration perspectives and adds a social and public safety component to the mix to address the issues facing Bear Creek and many of the Stream Smart Partners participate as part of the Initiative.
For more information on the Initiative.
Salmon Watch Program Fall 2021
That’s a wrap! With the continuing challenges of the pandemic, including a lack of school bus drivers and limited chaperones, we provided field trips over a seven-week period, bringing students outdoors to learn about their local watersheds. Thanks to funding from the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District and contributions from the water quality programs of local cities (Ashland, Central Point, Grants Pass, Jacksonville, Medford, Phoenix, and Talent) and counties (Jackson and Josephine), as well as 12 additional partner organizations, we were able to provide no-cost field trips to 3rd through 7th grade students from 9 school districts and 2 private schools in the Rogue Basin. Collaboration and partnership make these kinds of awesome things happen!
Fall 2021 Program Statistics:
# of Students Served: Over 1,240
# of Schools that Participated: 20
# of Individual Instructors that Contributed: 38
In 1992, local communities in Bear Creek began a comprehensive monitoring program as part of their implementation actions under the Clean Water Act (CWA) . The long term goal of the CWA is to make all waters fishable and swimmable. The monitoring program is conducted by RVCOG and monitors streams and storm drains throughout the watershed. The data collected is used to monitor stream health, to evaluate long term trends, evaluate the impacts of implementation (improvement) efforts, and for education and outreach.
Stream Public Notices
During the summer months, Stream Smart partners as part of the Regional Monitoring Program publish information regarding the health of streams based on the sampling results. While ONLY ADVISORY, the notices provide information to the public regarding where streams are monitored and when sampling results exceed water quality standards.