Pick Up Pet Poop, Keep Water Clean!
With Earth Day coming up, you may be thinking of ways to be more environmentally conscious. If you’re a pet owner, there’s an easy action to take: Pick up after your pet! Did you know cleaning up pet poop can make a huge difference in the quality of our water supply?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, just a few days of waste from 100 dogs can contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a down bay to swimming or fishing. Given that there are about 77 million dogs in the country, you can see why there’s concern about clean water.
Some people just don’t realize the importance of picking up. Even the most diligent pet owners can sometimes forget to pick up poop when they’re on walks or at the park – or even in their own backyard. This is problematic for a few reasons.
- Pet waste contains harmful contaminants like E. Coli and fecal coliform. When it decays and washes away, it eventually works its way into storm drains and ultimately nearby waterways – including lakes, rivers and streams.
- It also contains nutrients that cause algae to grow, and that can throw off the natural balance in the water.
- Dog poop contains nitrogen and phosphorus. These chemicals can deplete oxygen that fish and other wildlife in the water depend on for survival.
What to do
Pick up pet poop every time you take your pet out! Bring a waste bag (we’re particularly fond of these eco-friendly options for Earth Day) on walks and to the park, and at home grab a pooper scooper to get the job done. After that, just throw it in a trash can.
Pro tip: If you have a hard time remembering a waste bag, keep an extra supply in your car or tied to your dog’s leash. That way you always have one on hand.
We know it can be a dirty job, but it’s a simple act of kindness to ensure everyone has clean water. It also keeps yards and parks clean and prevents anyone from stepping in your pet’s poop…yuck!