The City of Eagle Point is an active part of the Rogue River Basin Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program with a goal to reduce the temperature and bacteria of the Rogue River. The Federal Clean Water Act requires a TMDL to be established for any water body that does not meet water quality standards. The State of Oregon places these rivers and creeks on the 303(d) listing, identifying the stream as water quality limited. Agencies and groups identified as Designated Management Agencies, or DMAs, are required to prepare implementation plans to meet these water quality goals.
The Rogue River is critically important to the region's drinking water and habitat needs. TMDL's have been prepared for Rogue Basin, Bear Creek and others. Eagle Point, as a designated DMA, has been working with all the agencies and jurisdictions that affect the Rogue River as part of the Rogue River Basin TMDL program since 2009.
Little Butte Creek Water Quality Implementation Plan
Here locally, Little Butte Creek is of primary importance and a focus for the city. We are continually taking steps within the city, and partnering with groups and agencies outside the city to improve the water quality of Little Butte Creek.