We all love our pets, but no one really likes picking up their waste. But by letting waste collect in our yards and parks, not only are we creating an environment that is unpleasant to look at, but we are also creating an opportunity for bacteria to get washed away in to our creeks and streams.
Did You Know?
There are more than 53 million dogs in the United State that produce 6.3 billion pounds of feces per year. It would take a scoop the size of a football field and 800 feet tall to dispose of that waste.
The average dog produces 3/4 pounds of waste a day.
Why You Should Be Concerned
Pet waste contaminates our rivers, lakes and streams with unhealthy levels of bacteria, making them unsafe for recreation.
One gram of dog waste can contain 3 billion fecal coliform bacteria as well as parasites and viruses. This include E. Coli and salmonella bacteria.
When pet waste decays, it uses up the oxygen in the water and can raise the ammonia level. This change in the water can kill fish and encourage weed and algae growth.
What You Can Do
Pick up after your pet while on walks in your neighborhood or in the park.