Help Get Raw Sewage Out of Lazy & Bear Creeks
The City of Medford discovered several improper pipe connections that are causing raw sewage to discharge into the stormwater system, and into our creeks.
It was recently reported in the Mail Tribune that the City of Medford discovered several improper pipe connections that are causing raw sewage to discharge into the stormwater system (Medford's raw sewage contaminating creeks, 10/25/11). Medford’s stormwater system drains—untreated—directly into local waterways, all of which flow into Bear Creek. A tributary of the Rogue River, Bear Creek is well-known for it’s poor water quality.
Kudos to Medford for discovering this dangerous problem, but why did it take years to find out the City’s storm drain system was dumping raw sewage into Bear Creek? And most importantly, why is the sewage still flowing into our waterways?
Now that the problem has been discovered there seems to be a lot of discussion about who made the mistakes and who is going to pay for it. Such questions are important, but the highest priority right now is to stop the flow of raw sewage into Lazy and Bear Creeks.
TAKE ACTION: Click here to send emails to the City of Medford and Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality urging them to take immediate action to stop the flow of raw sewage into Lazy and Bear Creeks. Please share this alert with others who care about water quality in the Bear Creek and Rogue River watershed.