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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.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

Mission

A collaboration of individuals and organizations that promote a thriving Bear Creek Greenway corridor through the convergence of art, environmental stewardship, and recreation.

Guiding Principles:

  • 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

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 clean-up event is creating a local community-based investment in keeping the Bear Creek corridor clean and keeping trash out of the stream.