Jefferson Exchange | June 24, 2014 | 8:30
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Tue June 24, 2014

Stream Bacteria Levels Rise To Unhealthy

Bear Creek and the I-5 viaduct in Medford.
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Greg Stabach describes the water quality issues in Bear Creek and some neighboring streams.

And now, another effect of the drought: higher bacteria levels in streams. 

It figures... less water means less dilution of naturally-occurring bacteria, and warmer water promotes the growth of bacteria. 

But several streams around the region are showing unsafe levels of bacteria. 

Those include a handful of Rogue Valley streams. 

We discuss the dangers of contact with the contaminated water.  

The list:

  • Bear Creek, from Phoenix to the Rogue River
  • Neil Creek in Ashland
  • Griffin Creek from Medford to the Rogue River
  • Jackson Creek from Central Point to the Rogue River
     

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