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Help keep watch on the Rogue River Basin, become a Riverwatch volunteer!

The Clean Water Act’s basic premise is that America’s waters should be fishable, swimmable and drinkable as a right, not a privilege. Yet at various times of the year, Oregonians cannot fish, swim or drink from Oregon’s rivers, including the Rogue, due to pollution. The Clean Water Act in and of itself does not ensure clean water. Rather, it depends on informed and involved communities to organize, speak up and take action for clean water.

Our Riverwatch program is designed to engage and empower the community in helping to make the Rogue River watershed a safer, cleaner place.

 Becoming a Riverwatch Member is simply a one-year commitment to:

  • Check up on your chosen area or site on a waterway at least once a season (4x a year, or more if you feel ambitious), and send us quarterly assessments to document changes in water conditions, land use and possible pollution sources at your site. 
  • Pick-up trash at least once a year - if the amount of trash is overwhelming call us to help organize a community clean-up!
  • Depending on the location chosen and your interest, we may want to talk about water quality testing there.

To get started choose your favorite creek or section of river as big or small as you'd like; if somebody has already chosen your preferred site we'll team you up.  Your Riverwatch area could be a multiple mile section of the Rogue River that you raft regularly, a creek that you hike or fish, an entire creek drainage that you survey from the road, or single point like the confluence of two rivers.  The area can be as large or small as you like.   Click here to view a map of the Rogue River and its major tributaries.

If you want to get involved please send us a volunteer interest form, we'll  help match you with a site and send you packet of information regarding the chosen watershed.  Please contact with any questions.

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