Pet waste can be a major source of bacteria and excess nutrients in local waters. This can cause harm to people and result in beach closures.
Pet Waste & Water Quality
When pet waste is washed into our streams, rivers and lakes it breaks down using oxygen and releasing nutrients into the water. Lack of oxygen and excess nutrients can kill fish and cause toxic algae growth. Pet waste also contains Escherichia coli (E.coli) which is a harmful bacteria and often leads to beach closures in warmer months as it is unsafe to swim in or drink.
Pet Waste & Human Health
Pet waste is not only harmful to water quality but it can also transmit diseases and parasites to humans and pets including Campylobacteriosis (bacteria infection), Cryptosporidium (protozoan parasite), Roundworms, Hookworms, E.coli bacteria, Giardia, Brucellosis, Leptospirosis.
How do I safely pick up and dispose of pet waste?
The best practice for disposing of pet waste to keep our waterways clean and safe is to use a pet waste bag. Pet waste bags can be purchased at a pet supply store. Often you can get free pet waste bags at your local town offices or at popular dog recreation areas pet waste stations. Once you have used a bag, dispose of it and its contents in a trash receptacle which keeps the waste out of our waterways.