Canines for Clean Water

dog with bandana
The Pet Waste Problem
A little bit of pet waste can add up in hurry when left behind in parks, streets and yards. When it rains, runoff carries pollutants such as bacteria and other toxins into storm drains and ditches that flow directly to rivers and streams. And when pet waste decays in local waterways, it speeds up the growth of algae and aquatic weeds, using up valuable oxygen that fish need to survive.

In June 2013 we partnered with VCA Westmoreland Animal Hospital to survey intestinal parasite levels in pet waste samples at Amazon Dog Park. The study showed seven to 10 percent of the dogs had some type of parasite in their stools. The best way to isolate these nasties: scoop poop and dispose of it!

Help us spread the word! Like us on Facebook and invite your friends. And while you are there, see if your neighbors are in our canine gallery. 

Tips to Keep Water Safe and Clean 
  • Pick up after your pet 
  • Throw pet waste into a garbage can
Canines for Clean Water is sponsored by City of Eugene Stormwater Management Program. Take the Canines for Clean Water pledge and receive a FREE bandana (must be a resident of Eugene, Springfield or Lane County, Oregon).

Pledge: I promise to pick up after my dog and place all pet waste in the garbage can so it won't pollute our local waterways.

Register your dog and yourself to support clean water in our region. Then
send us a photo of your pooch wearing a bandana to include in our online photo display of clean water canines. Find the gallery at Facebook.