Pet owners should always pick up after their pets and dispose of pet waste in the trash or in a designated pet waste container. In many communities pet waste containers are provided for residents. Pet waste should not be left on the ground. The waste should never be put into storm drains, roads, or waterbodies.
When it rains, pet waste can flow into storm drains and into roads. Eventually the waste ends up in our waterbodies causing water pollution. The waste also causes excess nutrients which creates algae bloom and decreases oxygen in the water. This condition has an adverse effect on fish and other aquatic life. If not disposed of properly, pet waste not only affects water quality, but public health. The bacteria found in pet waste are very harmful and can make people ill. Public beaches are closed when bacteria found in the water makes swimming unsafe.
What You Can Do!
Always clean up after your animals.
Use bags or scoopers to pick up waste.
Dispose of waste in pet waste containers or in the trash.
Do not put pet waste into storm drains or on the road.
When traveling, carry extra bags in the car to have on hand to clean up after your pet.
Remind other pet owners to pick up after their pet.
Check with your community about getting pet waste containers installed in your neighborhood.
Taking These Actions Helps Protect Our Waterways and the Environment!
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