If you think picking up pet waste is bad, try swimming in it.
When your dog goes on the lawn, remember it doesn't just go on the lawn.
He might be man's best friend, but pet waste in our water is doggone BAD!
Pet waste makes for toxic runoff. Stormwater runoff can wash bacteria from pet waste directly into storm systems which run to Moses Lake, where families swim and fish.
Bacteria, parasites and viruses contained in pet waste are a health risk to other animals and people. Fecal coliform bacteria, found in the waste of warm-blooded animals, is a common pollutant in Washington waterways. High levels of this bacteria can make the water unsafe for humans to swim and play in.
Nutrients in pet waste also 'feed the weeds' and algae. This nutrient-rich water is cloudy, green, stinky, and unhealthy for swimming, boating, fishing or drinking. When pet waste decays, it uses up oxygen and releases ammonia, which can kill fish.
Pet waste doesn't have to be a problem. What will you do to help?
Establish a pet waste management schedule for your location. Scoop yards and pet areas regularly. Your pets' health will thank you too! Regular waste removal helps break the cycle of worms and parasites.
DO NOT leave pet waste on streets, sidewalks, patios or other impervious (hard) surfaces where it can wash into storm drains, gutters or water-ways.
On a walk:
Always clean up after your pet, during walks or just out in the yard.
Scoop it: use a scooper, bag or shovel to pick up pet waste.
Bag it: Carry plastic bags when taking your pet for a walk or to the park.
Trash it: Dispose of bags in the trash (NOT your yard waste bin!) Or scoop it up and flush it down the toilet. These are the only places equipped to handle hazardous sewage materials like pet waste.