EP’s part in Clean Water Act with Little Butte Creek

Did you drive down Main Street tonight to get to the council meeting? There was considerable chatter prior to the official beginning of the Oct. 27 Eagle Point City Council meeting between members as they expressed pleasure with the repaving of Main Street, noting no one will be happier than the businesses in downtown Eagle Point. Finishing curbs and sidewalks and planting of trees is yet to be completed.

Official council business included a presentation and discussion on the need for an implementation plan for the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) by Bill Meyers, DEQ representative from Medford, and Greg Stabach, RVCOG representative. The plan is a requirement of the Clean Water Act. Its goal is to make waterways fishable and swimmable.

Many agencies and each community in the Rogue Basin is involved in the plan, whose goal is a collabortive method of improving the waterways.

Each community is responsible for a plan for the portion of water that runs through their community. Thus Eagle Point needs to put together a plan for the portion of Little Butte Creek that runs through Eagle Point. The plan, which needs to be complete by June of next year, needs to include what has been done and is beginning done along with future plans to improve the creek as it flows through Eagle Point.

Various councilors spoke to the issue explaining there is probably very little Eagle Point can do to improve the water quality as it enters Eagle Point and exits Eagle Point, explaining that the problem is upstream to the community over which the city has no control.

The city administrator and public works supervisor have been involved in meetings with the TMDL committee, which meets every eight weeks.

Council passed a resolution authorizing the city to complete a water quality improvement plan for its portion of Little Butte Creek.

The only other item needing approval was a resolution to add sixth grade students to the Jr. Eagles program. While sixth graders are part of the District 9 middle schools, they are not included in their athletic programs. This has meant the students miss a year of athletic involvement if they have participated in Jr Eagles through fifth grade and can’t start middle school athletics until seventh grade.

The school district principals and athletic directors approached the city Parks & Recreation and asked them to include the sixth grade. This will keep sixth grade students involved in the volleyball and basketball programs until they are ready for the seventh grade. This was not in the city’s budget. But a plan was worked out whereby the school would assist in management and with volunteer time and with the estimated number of boys and girls (total of 100), the needed revenue should not create a budget issue for the city.

There will be open house Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. to view the Eagle Point Transportation System Plan. Comments and  questions are wanted at that session.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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