Blue Heron Creek

Phoenix Waterway Receives Name, Recognition

A Phoenix spring-fed waterway has received an official name.

Blue Heron Creek was officially named on October 12th.

It goes through the popular Phoenix park Blue Heron Park, and runs under the Bear Creek Greenway.

Two groups, Save the Phoenix Wetlands and Rogue Riverkeeper applied to get the waterway recognized.

They say this is a step forward in protecting our local wetlands.

Rogue Riverkeeper’s Program Director, Frances Oyung, said “When a waterway is named, it gets better recognition and protection. And so this waterway, it’s small but it is a source of high quality cold clean water, it’s primarily spring fed.”

The effort to protect the stream came largely after the Almeda fire, when some of the area became more visible and flow was altered slightly.

“With so many different waterways and wetlands in the region around Phoenix were revealed after a lot of the blackberries were burned off.”

Rogue Riverkeeper and Save the Phoenix Wetlands partnered together to bring attention to it.

Blue Heron Creek is now officially recognized by the U.S. Geological Survey.



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Ben Blake is a Producer/Reporter for NBC5 News. He’s a Klamath Falls native who graduated from Oregon State University with a Digital Communication degree. While at OSU, he was a producer and on-air talent at KBVR-TV and KBVR-FM. He also worked for PAC-12 Networks and OSU Athletics. In his free time, Ben likes to play just about any sport. He also plays the piano, guitar, and trumpet.
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