Is it safe to play? We monitor water quality, so you donít have to wonder. As of October 2020 the water quality meets State of Oregon criteria and is safe.
Ashland Creek meanders through Lithia Park. Water quality in Ashland Creek varies, due to many factors in our watershed. The City of Ashland monitors E. coli levels weekly, May through October. We share these results by changing the status of the water samples, which is either GREEN or RED.
What does E. coli bacteria mean to you?
E. coli is a bacteria found naturally in the digestive tracts of humans and many other animals. Not all E. coli cause disease; however, high E. coli counts can can also be an indicator of other pathogens. Water that exceeds the Stateís E. coli standards should not be ingested, and you are strongly urged to stay out of the creek. We share these results by changing the color of the sign. Signs are posted at the children's playground and at the Swim Reservoir in Lithia Park (both locations are along Ashland Creek).
For more info visit TheSwimGuide.org. If you see water pollution, please call 541.488.5340.
Stay up to date on Water Quality issues by texting ASHLANDCREEK to 888-777 or use the sign up form below. APRC will send texts and/or emails to you when Ashland Creek is not safe for wading or swimming.