Dog lovers are water 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 loved ones have an even more important role because it’s your everyday behaviors that can either cause or prevent pollution. As you look through the months in the calendar, you’ll meet local canine friends and you’ll see special clean water tips, that are based on today’s needs in Springfield’s waterways.