Welcome to Natural Resources
How we manage natural resources is vitally important to our region. We all are responsible for the health of our watersheds and waterways. Actions we take and the choices we make can impact the health and liveability of our region.
Natural Resources (established as the Water Resources Department in 1978) is involved in many activities throughout the Rogue Basin directed at improving the health and vitality of our watersheds. Activities include water quality monitoring, regional TMDL implementation and coordination, regional water quality planning, endangered species conservation, laboratory analysis of water quality samples, watershed education, and greenway planning and construction. Natural Resources supplies technical assistance and planning services to RVCOG members and other partner organizations, provides staff support for multidisciplinary committees, and board support for partner organizations. In 2014, Natural Resources became part of the Planning Department.
Work with communities and partners in the Rogue River Basin to conserve and enhance the health of our watersheds by facilitiating the development and implementation of regional strategies, and by providing technical and educational assistance. We seek to achieve a balance between economic well-being and healthy natural systems.
Upcoming Events and Meetings of Interest!
Watershed Exploration Days! - September through June (Event guide coming)
Annual Fall Creek Clean-Up in Bear Creek. Saturday, September 24th. Medford.
Annual Kids and Creeks Festival at Bear Creek Park - Saturday, October 15th, 2016. 11 a.m. to noon. Free! Click here for more information.
Bear Creek and Rogue Joint TMDL Meeting - Wednesday, October 19th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Jefferson Conference Room at RVCOG.
Natural Resources Projects:
Our projects address a diverse range of topics including water quality monitoring, wetlands, riparian planting and restoration, vernal pools, dam removal, stormwater management (NPDES Phase II), TMDLs, and education and outreach. Click here for more information or on the project links below.
Clean Air Act Campaign Project Homepage
Grants Pass TMDL Page
Salmonwatch (April 2013). Links to YouTube.
Gold Ray Riparian Restoration (2013). Links to YouTube.
Stormwater Public Service Announcement (2010). Links to YouTube.
|Last Updated: August 2016
Natural Resources Program Manager (541) 423-1370
Natural Resources Project Manager (541) 423-1366
Ben Moore Natural Resources Technician (541) 423-1371
Planning Program Manager