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Tessa samplesJoin our Water Quality Monitoring team! We need volunteers each summer to collect water samples from locations throughout the Rogue Basin so we can test them to see if the water is safe to recreate in. The samples are tested at our lab and the results are then posted to our Swim Guide site/app online so people know where it is safe to swim. 

These dedicated volunteer efforts help us inform the public as to where it is safe to swim and recreate in the Rogue Basin. 

Here is a list of the sites that we sample and test: 

sampleEmigrant Lake, Ashland
Bear Creek, Ashland
Neil Creek, Ashland
Ashland Creek, Ashland
Ashland Reservoir, Ashland
Wagner Creek, Talent
Baby Bear Creek, Medford
Big Butte Creek, Eagle Point
Lost Creek Lake, Prospect
Rogue River, Gold Hill
Evans Creek, Rogue River
Rogue River, Grants Pass
Grave Creek, Galice
Applegate Lake
Applegate River, Ruch
Illinois River, Selma

To join our water quality monitoring team or to find out more, contact us via email at robyn(at)rogueriverkeeper(dot)org or call our office at 541-488-9831. 

The Clean Water Act was put in place to ensure that America's public waterways are protected so that they are safe for recreation, drinking water, and other uses. However, at times due to pollution, many Oregon rivers, including the Rogue, are not meeting state and federal clean water standards. The Clean Water Act 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 and cleaner place to live.

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