The mission of the Bear Creek Watershed Council is to foster collaborative efforts that maintain, protect, and restore the Bear Creek watershed - an integral part of the Rogue River Basin.
The Bear Creek Watershed Council seeks to restore cool, clean, fishable, and swimmable streams throughout the watershed. We envision all people who live in the watershed working together to protect the health of the watershed while fostering a strong economy and community.
WATERSHED COUNCIL MERGER UPDATE:
Nominations being sought for the Rogue River Watershed Council Board to be discussed at
BCWC General Meeting, Aug. 11 8:30 am, Medford City Hall, Lausmann Annex
The merger of four watershed councils (Bear Creek Watershed Council, Little Butte Creek Watershed Council, Upper Rogue Watershed Assoc. and Stream Restoration Alliance of the Middle Rogue) in the Rogue River basin is moving forward. Nominations are currently being sought for the Rogue River Watershed Council Board. This board will consist of three representatives from each of the four watershed councils anticipated to join the merger, as well as up to seven other representatives from the Rogue River watershed. Bear Creek Watershed Council has the opportunity to nominate three people to the board who will serve as representatives of the Bear Creek Watershed, as well as the wider Rogue River basin. Board meeting dates and times will be determined once the board is formed, meetings will likely be held in Central Point and it is anticipated that they may occur for two hours either once a month, or once every two months. It is anticipated that the board would begin meeting in January 2015. This board will be a ‘Policy Board’ primarily approving actions proposed by the paid staff and with minimal involvement in day-to-day operations, thus board member duties are anticipated to be significantly reduced compared to those of current BCWC board members.
Roles and Responsibilities of Rogue River Watershed Council Board Members:
These are still being refined, so some changes may occur.
1. Represent the interests of the local working group (Bear Creek Watershed)
2. One of the nominees will serve as Chair of the Bear Creek Working Group: duties of this position are undefined but are expected to be minimal compared to current Chair duties
3. Represent the interests of the broader Rogue River basin
4. Board members will serve on one of three committees:
a. Internal Affairs Committee: focuses on all internal and operational issues coming before the board. These include issues related to finance, investments, capital acquisitions, human resources, and facilities.
b. External Affairs Committee: focuses on all external issues, including fundraising, public relations, publications and marketing
c. Governance Committee: responsible for the health and functioning of the board. It recruits and nominates new members, evaluates the performance of the board itself, orients, trains and educates board members, and produces board materials, such as board books.
One nominee will serve a one year term, one will serve a two year term and one will serve a three year term. Terms may be renewed once.
Ashland Drought Summit:
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
SOU, Stevenson Union, Rogue River Room
Informative Displays: 6:30-7:00pm
Panel Discussion with Q&A: 7:00pm
*Learn the answers to the following questions and more from the experts who will be attending including City Water Conservation Specialist, County Watermaster, Talent Irrigation District, Soil and Water Conservation District, Rogue Valley Council of Governments, DEQ and other leaders in the field.
• How serious is the DROUGHT situation?
• What is the city of Ashland doing in response?
• What does curtailment mean and what triggers it?
• What are the costs of exceeding allotment during curtailment?
• What can I as an individual citizen do to help?
• How can the city help us all deal with the drought?
For additional information visit
or contact the drought hotline:(541) 552-2431
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Larson Creek Fish Passage Project is in progress!
|TO REPORT A SPILL OF ANY KIND|
|CALL Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) at 800-452-0311|
Learn more about the proposed merger between BCWC and three other Rogue basin watershed councils:http://www.upperroguewatershed.org/rogue-river-watershed-consolidation-information.html
NEXT SPEAKER at Bear Creek Watershed Council General Meeting
Monday, August 11, 2014, 8:30 am
Medford City Hall, Lausmann Annex, Conference Room 151
PRESENTATION: 2013-2014 Water Quality Data Collection & Monitoring of Whetstone Creek; A Presentation & Discussion of Draft Monitoring Report
The 2013-2014 baseline water quality monitoring of Whetstone Creek has been successfully completed. There is a great set of baseline information, and some interesting findings that will assist in future restoration. The RVCOG/SOU/Katalyst Team will present their findings and get feedback prior to submitting the final monitoring report.
Presenters: Robert Coffan, Principal Hydrologist, Katalyst Consulting,
and Craig Tuss, Project Manager at RVCOG
For more information, contact Council Coordinator
if you would like to be on the agenda for this meeting, please contact the Coordinator.