Centreville Resident Wins Online Photo Contest

Ron Cori of Centreville, Virginia, has won the Dogs for Clean Water photo contest, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners. The contest was sponsored to highlight the connection between removing pet waste and clean water in local streams. Mr. Cori wins $1,000 in free pet home waste removal from Doody Calls.

Online PR News – 03-February-2011 – – (Fairfax, VA) Ronald Cori, of Centreville, has won the grand prize in the "Dogs for Clean Water" photo contest, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners, the group announced today. Mr. Cori wins $1,000 in free pet waste services after securing 38 votes for his photo "Enjoying the Clean NOVA waters." The Dogs for Clean Water photo contest was sponsored by Doody Calls, a home pet waste removal service headquartered in Charlottesville.

"We're working to ensure that all the streams and lakes in Northern Virginia are safe for dogs and their owners to enjoy together," said Laura Grape, who chairs the Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners. "When you remove pet waste from your yard, you are also helping keep our local streams free of disease causing germs,"

"We were proud to sponsor this competition that focused on the importance of responsible animal ownership," said Jacob D’Aniello, executive director of Doody Calls. "We appreciate the opportunity to get the word out that caring for your pet and doing your part for clean water, too."

The Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners conducted the essay contest in October and November to draw attention to the Northern Virginia Dog Blog, which the partners launched this year to reach out to pet owners and encourage proper disposal of dog waste. The contest was open to any resident of the sponsoring jurisdictions.

To see Mr. Cori's photo and the other photographs from the final round, point your browser to:

Laura Grape
Northern Virginia Regional Commission/Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners

Eric Eckl
Water Words That Work, LLC

The Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners is a project of local governments in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. The partners encourage local residents to do their part to reduce water pollution by adopting environmentally behaviors -- such as proper disposal of pet waste. The Northern Virginia Regional Commission, a political subdivision within the Commonwealth of Virginia, chairs the partnership.

Since 2000, DoodyCalls has provided year-round professional pet waste removal service to residential yards, apartment communities, and Home Owner Associations (HOA). In 2004 we launched the first national pet waste removal franchise of it's kind.

The Northern Virginia Dog Blog is your source for K9 fun, information, and entertainment in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. The Northern Virginia Regional Commission sponsors the Dog Blog on behalf of its member jurisdictions in Northern Virginia. Our goal with this blog is provide an informal channel for an informal discussion with our citizens about dogs in our communities. Last but not least, we want to encourage you to be a good neighbor and pick up after your dog, both on and off your property!

Water Words That Work, LLC is a boutique environmental communications and marketing agency. We help our clients modernize and professionalize their pollution prevention, fundraising, and issue advocacy campaigns.