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!
Saturday, May 14th - 24th Annual Rogue River Clean-up. Come out and clean up the shores and banks of the Rogue River. Meet at the Hogs Creek Boat Ramp at 4799 Galice Road in Merlin. Event is 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a BBQ, live music, and prizes starting at 2:00 p.m. for information call (541) 474-5285(541) 474-5285 ext. 0 or visit the website.
Saturday, May 21st - Jackson County Weed Pull. At the Rogue Sports Park and Tilomikh Falls in Gold Hill. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, May 27th - 21st Annual Bear Creek Watershed Education Partners (BCWEP) Education Symposium at the Santos Center in Medford. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 11th - Water Quality bike ride in Talent and Phoenix. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in Chuck Roberts Park in Talent. Click here for flyer.
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.
Natural Resources Coordinator (541) 423-1370(541) 423-1370
Natural Resources Project Manager (541) 423-1366(541) 423-1366
Ben Moore Natural Resources Technician (541) 423-1371(541) 423-1371
Planning Program Manager
(541) 423-1361(541) 423-1361