Canines for Clean Water

2024 Calendar Contest – NOW OPEN!

Accepting entries until midnight April 7, 2023.

Springfield and Glenwood residents only.

Canines for Clean Water is back! Every year since 2012 the City of Springfield has created a 12-month calendar that celebrates Springfield’s best friends alongside tips for keeping local waterways clean.

Perfect for those of us who love dogs and spend time in the great outdoors, this contest reminds us that every day we can make it a safer place for us, our pooches, and the natural areas where we play. We do that when we “scoop the poop” because that prevents unhealthy bacteria from washing into storm drains and out to local waterways, including the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers.

Our Stormwater Team hands out the calendars for FREE to Springfield residents, in November. They are enjoyed by pet-oriented businesses, other local businesses, City executives and employees, and animal lovers across Springfield.

We love our pets and we love making sure they have clean water. Join in the fun!

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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.

Click to view the brochure.

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.”

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!

Free to all Springfield residents who pledge! An official bandana and poop-bag holder (includes the bags).

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.

For our most recent edition, Springfield’s Stormwater Team announced a photo contest in the spring of 2022 for local dog owners on the City of Springfield’s Facebook page and here on this webpage. From a pile of adorable entries, judges picked their favorites. In May 2022, we will grabbed our squeak toys and treats and met each pooch and their family for a special photo shoot around town.

Calendars are available FREE for pickup in November, to Springfield residents only, until supplies run out. Be sure to get yours!

Contact us

Email or call us at 541.726.3694.