Water Quality Implementation Plan

Background


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.

Rogue Basin TMDL

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.

As part of the Rogue Basin TMDL program, the Eagle Point Water Quality Implementation Plan for Little Butte Creek was prepared by city staff. The TMDL Implementation Matrix is a 5-year plan to organize and describe the efforts Eagle Point has been doing to improve the water quality of Little Butte Creek.

We have completed the first year of the plan, with the report of those activities currently being prepared and listed under the First Year TMDL Activities.