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Our most recent clean-up in April 2018 had over 190 volunteers. Thank you to everyone who helped out!


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Thinking of doing something for your community on September 29th?

Join us in an effort to give back to Bear Creek! This is a Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism (SOLVE) sponsored stream clean-up event.

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Location: Eight check-in/out locations along the Bear Creek Greenway from Central Point to Ashland!

Time: 9 AM to 12 PM, September 29th, 2018

Snacks will be provided at the registration/check-in booths.

As an additional clean-up point, the Ashland Food Co-op and partners invites all community members to join them in an effort to keep Ashland Creek clean. We are clearing blackberries from the park.

The additional location is part of the Bear Creek Stewardship Day effort, a series of clean up events along Bear Creek in the cities of Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford and Central Point. The event is sponsored by SOLVE, a non-profit organization, as part of their “Adopt-A-River” Program.

Click here to sign-up by September 28th, 2018.


For a report on the last clean-up and how it has expanded over the past couple of years, click here.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you have.



Background

The Bear Creek watershed is the most urbanized area in southern Oregon. It is also one of the most water quality limited streams in Oregon. Urban runoff, low summer stream flows, and high summer water temperatures contribute to the poor water quality.

Bear Creek is also an important fish bearing stream with Chinook and Coho salmon and steelhead trout. This cleanup event is creating a local community based investment in keeping the Bear Creek corridor clean and keeping trash out of the stream.

The cleanup event is one part of a larger program of work by the city of Medford and its partners along Bear Creek. That larger program is:

o Enhancing the area near Hawthorne Park (murals on the viaduct pillars)
o Removing and controlling invasive plants such as Himalayan blackberry, restoring native trees and shrubs, and treating stormwater runoff
o Promoting and upholding public safety


Sponsors

Ashland Food Co-op
City of Ashland
City of Central Point
City of Medford
City of Phoenix
City of Talent
Gordon Elwood Foundation
Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District
Medford Food Co-op
Medford REI
Rogue Credit Union
Rogue River Keepers
Rogue Valley Council of Governments
SOLVE
Starbucks
StreamSmart


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