This is a Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism (SOLVE)-sponsored stream clean-up event. SOLVE
is a non-profit organization and this clean-up initiative is part of their Adopt-A-River Program.
Additionally, the event 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.
For a report on the last clean-up and how it has expanded over the past couple of years, click here
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with any questions you have.
A collaboration of individuals and organizations that promote a thriving Bear Creek Greenway corridor through the convergence of art, environmental stewardship, and recreation.
- Economic Revitalization
- Strengthen Community
- Diverse Collaboration
- Increase Safety
- Promote Environmental and Individual Health
The clean-up 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:
- Enhancing the area near Hawthorne Park (murals on the viaduct pillars)
- Removing and controlling invasive plants such as Himalayan blackberry, restoring native trees and shrubs, and treating stormwater runoff
- Promoting and upholding public safety
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 clean-up event is creating a local community-based investment in keeping the Bear Creek corridor clean and keeping trash out of the stream.