Baby Bear Creek Wetland Design Project

Baby Bear Creek is a very small tributary that flows through Bear Creek Park in the City of Medford.  This stream is a popular area for small children to wade and play.  Water quality deteriorates in the summer months from bacteria, requiring the stream to be closed to all human contact.  This project is a cooperative effort with the Bear Creek Watershed Council, City of Medford, Rogue Valley Council of Governments (RVCOG), and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to develop a wetland area as a filter that will improve water quality, provide bird and amphibian habitat, and provide educational and aesthetic benefits to park visitors.

Limiting Factors Impacted:

  • Water Quality
  • Sedimentation
  • Aquatic Habitat

Project Objectives:

  • Create small wetland to treat bacteria and sediment levels in Baby Bear Creek
  • Demonstrate to residents the risks of playing in waterways and value of wetlands

Key Stakeholders:

  • City of Medford
  • Park Patrons

Funding:  $5000 from Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)for Technical Assistance



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