Canines for Clean Water

Welcome dog lovers!

Canines 2021 Calendar Front

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. This area receives 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.

We pledge and we prevent 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.”

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 local businesses and hundreds of Springfield dog owners.

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.

We’re “Keeping it Clean, from Street to Stream”

Clean water is the result of each of us doing our part. City staff provide public education, respond to complaints of spills, and clean and maintain public streets, catch basins, pipes, and treatment systems such as swales, planters and ponds.

Community members play an even more important role because it’s your everyday behaviors that either cause or prevent pollution in the first place. As you go through the months in this calendar, you’ll meet our canine friends and you’ll see clean water tips specially selected because they can make the most impact in Springfield.

Join us next year!

To enter the next calendar contest, keep an eye out for instructions in the spring of 2021 on Springfield’s Facebook page or here, on this webpage. A shortcut to this page is: bit.ly/SpfldCanines. We look forward to seeing your best friend!