What’s the Problem with Pet Waste?
Pet waste left in our yards, forest areas and parks can have many adverse effects on the environment and human health. It’s full of harmful bacteria and excess nutrients. Besides being a neighborhood nuisance, dog waste can make people sick, especially children who are more likely to come into contact with it while playing. Pet waste left on lawns can damage grass and other plants. When pet waste is washed into lakes or streams, the waste decays, uses up oxygen in the water, and releases ammonia. This can kill fish!
Pet waste contains nutrients that encourage weed and algae growth, turning the water cloudy and green . . . Imagine this in your backyard pond or stream!
What’s So Bad About Pet Waste?
Bacteria and other parasites found in pet waste, such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium, can survive for long periods when left on the ground. During a rain storm, these pollutants can be washed into local rivers and ponds and into local drinking water supplies.
How You Can Help
- BRING IT – Always bring a plastic bag when you walk your dog.
- BAG IT – Use the bag as a glove to pick up the pet waste. Scoop it up and turn the bag inside out around the waste.
- DISPOSE IT – Properly dispose of pet waste by putting it in a trash can. Never throw pet waste down a storm drain.