Rogue Riverkeeper is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, which is an international network of advocates who fight for clean water in over 300 waterways worldwide. The guiding principle of Waterkeepers is that without water, there can be no life, and without clean water, there can be no healthy life. We all work for swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters.
We work to safeguard the health of the Rogue River, using fundamental environmental protections such as the Clean Water Act to improve water quality across the watershed.
Rogue Riverkeeper partners with other entities in the basin to work to protect water quality. Learn more here.
To learn about the Clean Water Rule regarding "Waters of the United States", click here.
Find out how you can protect and improve water quality in our region, check out the Stream Smart site.
We are working to protect clean water in the Rogue River by:
· Reforming harmful suction dredge mining: Rogue Riverkeeper is working with partners across the state to improve regulation of suction dredge mining. This is a type of recreational gold mining that effectively vacuums up the bottoms of rivers, smothering spawning gravel for salmon, killing juvenile fish, and mobilizing heavy metals.
· Reviewing and monitoring municipal waste discharged into the Rogue: There are several wastewater treatment plants discharging into the Rogue. We work to track, review, and provide comments on permits required for these facilities.
· Improving protections for streams from damaging logging practices: Rogue Riverkeeper works to address water pollution from logging roads and other forest practices. We are currently working to ensure that southern Oregon streams are included in efforts to improve regulation of stream buffers on private forestlands.
· Stopping a proposed liquefied natural gas export and pipeline project: The LNG pipeline would cross 379 waterbodies in the Coos, Coquille, Umpqua, Rogue and Klamath watersheds and harm dozens of threatened species including Coho salmon.
· Monitoring pollution discharged into the Rogue: The Clean Water Act requires that certain activities are permitted by the OR Dept. of Environmental Quality. We work to track, review, and provide comments on these permits and strive to be the watchdog on these issues.