Canines for Clean Water

2022 Calendar Contest judging is underway! 

Thanks to everyone who entered their pooches in our contest for the 2022 Calendar. Our judges are looking through your photos and they’re adorable! It’s not going to be easy to pick the 12 dogs we will feature. Winners will be contacted by the end of June, as well as published here on this page and on the City of Springfield’s Facebook page.

Meanwhile we’re collecting great clean water tips for the calendar so we all can learn how pollution enters Springfield’s waterways – the places we and our pups love to visit – and keep them clean. This is especially relevant this year, with warnings of drought in our area.

Calendars for the year 2022 will be available for free starting in November 2021. Visit this webpage for updates and, pro tip, you can find us here by using the shortcut: bit.ly/caninecal.

Contest FAQ & Rules

Welcome dog lovers!

Springfield’s waterways are of great value to us and our pets. There’s nothing quite like watching your dog romp and play in a stream, or enjoying the natural beauty of the Willamette River with your best canine friend. We receive a lot of rain and one of the biggest threats to local bodies of water, including the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, is urban runoff. As runoff flows over rooftops, yards, streets, and other hard surfaces, it washes pollutants into storm drains and out to waterways where they can harm local wildlife and water quality.

Clean water is the result of each of us doing our part

City staff – We help plan, clean, and maintain public streets, catch basins, pipes, and treatment systems such as swales, planters and ponds. We also respond to complaints of spills, help businesses develop water-friendly habits, and provide public education on our water systems.

Springfield residents – You and your favorite people have an even more important role because it’s your everyday behaviors that can either cause or prevent pollution in the first place. As you look through the months in the calendar, you’ll meet our canine friends and you’ll also see clean water tips that we’ve carefully selected, knowing they can do the most good for Springfield’s waterways.

We pledge and we prevent water pollution

Our everyday actions contribute to waterway health and Canines for Clean Water reminds us of that fact. Common river pollutants include bacteria and harmful nutrients from animal droppings, leaking fluids from vehicles, chemicals for killing moss and weeds, soaps from car washing, and litter such as cigarette butts.

The Canines for Clean Water Calendar Contest asks all participants to pledge to pick up after their pet in an effort to reduce bacteria contamination in waterways from runoff.

You, too, can pledge online to scoop the poop and receive a banana and a bag holder for your leash! Click the green button below to “Pledge now.”

Click to view the brochure.

Take the Pledge

We’ll mail a free Canines For Clean Water bandana and poop-bag holder to Springfield community members who sign up here, pledging to keep Springfield’s waterways clean and healthy by picking up after their pooches. Springfield residents only.

Pledge Now!

About the Calendar

What started in 2012 as a calendar project featuring pets of City employees, has developed into a much-anticipated annual project involving hundreds of Springfield dog owners and dozens of pet-loving businesses.

In the spring of 2020 Springfield’s Stormwater Team announced a photo contest for local dog owners on the City of Springfield’s Facebook page and here on this webpage. We received almost 90 entries and dozens of City staff voted for their favorites.

Then we grabbed our squeak toys and treats and met each pooch and their family for a special photo shoot around town, showcasing every pet in their element.

Dogs featured in the 2021 calendar

These good boys and girls were selected for the current 2021 calendar year. Enter your dog now through June 9, 2021, to give them a chance to be in the next one!

Contact us

Email WaterResources@springfield-or.gov or call us at 541.726.3694.