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Earth Day Clean-Up

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. Local communities in the Bear Creek Watershed and the rest of the Rogue Basin are working together to improve watershed conditions and protect areas that provide key functions for people, wildlife, fish, and other species.  Most work being completed by the communities is being driven by regulations (the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act), to improve water quality, to maintain recreational access, to protect riparian areas, to provide habitat for fish and wildlife, and other reasons. 

However, on April 21, 2018 from 9 AM-12 PM, many of our communities are teaming up with SOLVE and Bear Creek Stewards to help keep our streams healthy in a different way; by removing litter.  SOLVE (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) is a non-profit organization that brings together individuals, business groups, and service and conservation groups through volunteering and education to restore our natural spaces and take good care of this great state of which we are all so proud.

Join thousands of volunteers across the state on April 21, 2018 as we support the health of our public waterways and natural areas, and clean up litter from source to sea! This cleanup event is creating a local community based investment in keeping the Bear Creek corridor clean and keeping trash out of the stream. 

Location: Seven check-in/out locations along the Bear Creek Greenway from Pine Street in Central Point to Lynn Newbry Park in Talent. 

Time: 9 AM to Noon, April 21, 2018 

Snacks will be provided at the registration/check-in booths. 

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To register online for this event, visit by April 20, 2018.  Registration on site the day of the event is also available.  For more information about the clean-up at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent, please contact Zac Moody, Community Development Director at 541-535-7401 or by email at