Currently, Rogue Riverkeeper’s fieldwork involves monitoring over a dozen recreation sites May through September to see if these locations are meeting the state standard for water contact safety. We collect stream and lake water samples and analyze them in our lab for E. coli. E. coli is a bacteria which is used to indicate the level of pathogens in a water body.
Many of our local streams currently do not meet water quality standards for temperature, bacteria, sedimentation and other pollutants, yet there is often not enough information about these issues to identify the root causes, find lasting solutions, and advocate for change to result in better water quality.
The data Rogue Riverkeeper collects is used to update the Waterkeeper Swim Guide for our region, letting people know where it is safe to swim and recreate. Rogue Riverkeeper’s water quality monitoring is done primarily by volunteers. If you are interested in contributing to helping collect this important information, contact the Program Coordinator: frances (at) rogueriverkeeper (dot) org.
RESULTS from 2016: