Taking Care of Streams in Jackson County
A landowner's guide to Riparian areas in Jackson County, Oregon
All information on this page is produced by Rogue Valley Council of Governments. Information based on OSU Extention's taking Care of Streams brochure series. If you would like a copy contact the EPID office.
As a landowner in Jackson County, you have a unique opportunity to help maintain and improve the health of streams and riparian areas.
What is a riparian area?
A riparian area is a area of land adjacent to a stream, lake or wetland(see image below). Most healthy riparian areas have moist, fertile soils that support many types of moisture-loving plants. These plants provide food and shelter to numerous fish and wildlife.
Healthy riparian areas
Why do riparian areas matter?
plants in healthy riparian areas
The bottom line is:
It's all about plants
Healthy riparian areas include a variety of types and ages of plants, including trees, shrubs, grasses, and ground covers. Plants adapted to the conditions in Jackson County(e.g., rainfall, climate,insects,soil condition) tend to be easier to care for because they need less water and pesticides
In Jackson County, a few common native riparian plants are:
How do people change riparian areas?
removing or damaging plants through livestock grazing , timber harvest, construction, and landscaping practices, especially in the riparian area, can harm streams. Plants, particularly trees and shrubs near stream banks, provide shade and cool water essential for many fish species. They also can catch rainfall and allow it t soak slowly into the ground instead of running quickly into streams. Plants also prevent the formation of gullies that can result when water flows across bare soils. When water runoff from storms reaches stream too quickly, more rainwater, pesticides,fertilizers and sediment reach the stream in areas without riparian plants to slow and filter water.
When streams and riparian areas are not healthy, people feel the consequences.
Riparian Area Requirements in Jackson County (Chapter 8, Section 8.6)
Note: These requirements are enforced.
For violations and fines, see chapter 1, Section 1.8 of the Land Development Ordinance
What Can You Do?
1. Tend to your livestock and riparian areas
2. Protect plants and the streamside
3. Grow and maintain a stream-friendly garden and lawn
Stream side plants help stabilize stream banks, moderate steam temperature, and provide habitat for
fish and other wildlife.
For more information:
Click on the links below
Oregon Department of State Lands. Responsible for regulating wetlands.
For more information on developing for a management plan:
Applegate River Watershed Council. 6941 Upper Applegate Road. Jacksonville,OR (541) 899-9982
Jackson County Soil & Water Conservation District
Jackson County Development Services (541) 774-6900
Rogue Valley Council of Governments, Natural Resources Department (541) 664-6674