UpStream Art

2019 UpStream Art Poster

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On August 23 and 24, 2019 artists will paint five new murals at the Booth-Kelly trailhead of the Mill Race path, in downtown Springfield. This year’s theme is “It’s All Connected.” The murals will ‘flow’ from one to another toward a vegetated stormwater treatment area at the trailhead, complementing the five murals installed there in 2018.

2019 UpStream Art Community Events

  • Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., community members are invited to watch artists paint their murals. View the event poster for more details.
  • Saturday, August 24, 9 a.m., Willamette River Festival– As part of this community-wide celebration of the Willamette River, join a group bike ride from Alton Baker Park in Eugene to the Booth-Kelly trailhead in Springfield. You’ll see and talk with artists who will be painting the newest UpStream Art murals at the trailhead. The tour will continue onto the Mill Race path, where stormwater experts from the City of Springfield will meet participants to interpret the recent restoration project completion and other clean water features installed along the path. Participants will return to Alton Baker Park for the Willamette River Festival Opening Ceremony. For more details and to register go to the Willamette River Festival website here.
  • Saturday, September 7, 10 a.m., Community Bike Ride– Join the City of Springfield and Safe Routes to School for a 8.5-mile family-friendly bike ride along Springfield’s Mill Race path. You’ll learn about unique stormwater features including five new UpStream Art murals, and about how to safely and confidently ride your bike. Children’s bicycles (middle-school sized with a limited number of bikes for smaller children), a limited number of adult bicycles, and helmets will be available to use for free! Registration is required and will be available soon. We appreciate community members who may have been interested in this bike ride. However, due to other resourcing needs it has been cancelled.
UpStream Art Mural Map

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Since 2016, the UpStream Art project has brought to life 16 unique murals on storm drains in downtown Springfield. Click here for a map of storm drain mural locations. The murals raise awareness of the importance of storm drains and their connection to our rivers. Pollutants such as oil, trash, and pet waste are harmful to water quality and aquatic life. Everyone can protect local waterways through simple, everyday actions.

Interested in holding a storm drain mural project in your community? Read our frequently asked questions.

UpStream Art Murals in Downtown Springfield

Lisa Yu, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Allie Camp, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Jordan Colburn, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Chelsey Putnam, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Chelsey Putnam, 2017. Parking lot of Springfield Museum

Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2017. Behind Springfield Museum

Sierra McClain, 2017. 4th and B Street, by Justice Center
Christian Howarth, 2017. 4th and A Street
Scott Boyes, 2017. 5th and A Street
Shelly Davey Dax, 2017. Behind Springfield Museum
Bayne Gardner, 2016. 418 A Street
Esteban Camacho Steffensen, 2016. 149 5th Street
Sarah Bast, 2016. 204 5th Street
Christian Howarth, 2016. By 5th and A Street
Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2016. 405 A Street

What is Stormwater?

As our community grows, ground often gets covered up with asphalt, concrete and buildings. Without realizing it, we are disrupting an important part of the water cycle.

Instead of rain naturally filtering into the ground, in urban areas it flows over roofs, driveways and streets as stormwater. Stormwater can pick up pollutants and transport them to our local waterways via the storm drain system. Pollutants include everyday items like pesticides or fertilizers in our yards, oil in our cars, and even soap. When introduced into the waterway, pollutants have a harmful affect on aquatic life and the health of our rivers.

 Outfall in Island Park where UpStream Art storm drains lead to.

Outfall in Island Park where UpStream Art storm drains lead to.

To learn more about how you can help prevent water pollution, read this Prevent Stormwater Pollution resource and check out our Clean Water at A Glance factsheets.

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