►Pick up pet waste from your yard. It is not fertilizer. ►Carry disposable bags while walking your dog to pick up and dispose of waste in the trash. ►Flush your pet's waste down the toilet to be treated. ►Pledge to DOO the Right Thing!
Did You Know... There are an estimated 74.8 million owned dogs in the United States. That's 20.4 billion pounds of poop per year! When it rains, the potential exists for thousands of pounds of waste to wash down the storm drains and into our creeks and lakes untreated! That means that harmful bacteria associated with pet waste is going to our water.
Bacteria, parasites, and viruses contained in pet waste are a health hazard. Consider some of these: Fecal Coliform—Found in the feces of warm blooded animals, this indicator bacteria is a potential health risk for individuals exposed to it in the water. A single gram of pet waste contains an average of 23 million fecal coliform bacteria. Toxoplasmosis—A parasite carried by cats that can be a problem for people with depressed immune systems. Salmonellosis : The most common bacterial infection transmitted to humans and other animals. Toxocariasis—Roundworms, usually trans-mitted from dogs to humans. Be a responsible pet owner and pick up after your pet. It's a small price to pay to protect our water quality. Other Problems... Pet waste not only risks the health of other animals and people, it can cause serious water quality problems. Pet Waste is high in nutrients, which feed the algae that can choke out our creeks and lakes. The water becomes cloudy and green unattractive for swimming, boating, and fishing. Excessive nutrients are a major cause of water quality decline. When pet waste is washed into lakes and streams the waste decays, using up oxygen and sometimes releasing ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia combined with warm temperatures can kill fish and other aquatic life. Storm water is water from rain. flows from rooftops, through lawns, over paved streets and parking lots, across bare soil, and into storm drains to our creeks and lakes. As it flows, runoff collects and transports pet waste, soil, pesticides, fertilizers, oil, litter, and other pollutants, which are major contributors to non-point source pollution.