The Bear Creek Greenway is getting ready for oncoming wet weather thanks to the efforts of Jackson County Parks, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Rogue Valley Sewer Services, The Freshwater Trust, the RVCOG, the Rogue River watershed Council, and most importantly local volunteers.
"Work continues on the greenway to get ready for winter, including erosion control, garbage removal, and ongoing damage assessments," shares EOC Member Steve Lambert. "The county reminds everyone to stay on the trail for their safety, as there are still hazards in the natural areas of the greenway."
The county submitted a request for direct assistance to FEMA in coordination with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for over 30 high priority sites that are either environmentally sensitive or erosion-prone. The US Environmental Protection Agency assisted by providing a team to address these areas' concerns per best management practices, completing work this week.
Additionally, under contact with Jackson County, Lomakatsi Restoration Project has continued spreading weed-free straw, seed, and erosion control materials in the harder to reach areas. Nearly 10,000 feet of wattles have been installed to date and 500 bales of weed-free straw. "Lomakatsi has done an outstanding job and has delivered as promised," says Lambert.
The county will host its third weekend of volunteer work parties this weekend. To date, volunteers have logged 441 volunteer hours spreading straw, spreading supplemental seed, and garbage removal. Saturday will add to that number when 100 youth from the Klamath Running Club join the cleanup effort.
This past weekend's work was focused on the area between Blue Heron Park and North Phoenix Road. Additional work needed across the fire area will require volunteers. For future volunteer opportunities, please contact Jackson County Parks Volunteer Coordinator Brooke Amposta by emailing AmpostBA@JacksonCounty.org.