Pick up after your pets

 

For all you pet owners out there - we need to talk about poop.

It's not glamorous, it's not pretty. But we need to talk about it. 

It seems like leaving your dog's poop lying around shouldn't be that big of a deal. After all, wild animals poop all over the place all the time and no one is upset about it. Why is dog poop so different? 

The difference is that dog poop can contain over 23 million fecal coliform bacteria which can directly harm both human and ecosystem health. Dog poop often carries antibiotics which are also harmful. When dog poop isn't picked up, whether in your yard or in a public area, all of these contaminants are carried off by runoff and sent directly into our rivers and lakes. 

Still don't believe me? Want to see some science? The EPA estimates that two or three days' worth of droppings from 100 dogs in a watershed can contribute enough bacteria to impact the surrounding 20 miles and make them unsafe for fishing and swimming. As the EPA puts it, "If you think picking up dog poop is unpleasant, try swimming in it."

That sounds extreme, but it's true.

So if you own a dog and you care about having water to play in and drink safely, pick up your dog's waste. It really does make a difference.