1. It spreads disease like Giardia and accounts for up to 20% of the bacteria in our waterways.
2. It hurts fish by adding nutrients which act like a fertilizer in streams making algae grow, and reducing oxygen levels.
3. It adds up! Locally there are 90,000 dogs that make 11,700 tons of poop a year.
Be a “Doo Gooder”
You can make a difference by being a responsible pet owner/guardian. Being a “Doo Gooder” means being a model for others and picking up your dog doo.
Here are 5 tips every Doo Gooder should know:
• Be prepared: carry poop bags with you.
• Take extra bags so you don’t run out (and you can help someone in need).
• Make sure the bag ends up in a trash can.
• When you hike, never leave a bag on the trail – there’s nobody designated to pick them up!
• Pick it up at home (or hire someone to do it) to keep your yard healthy and to protect streams.
This information was brought to you by The Keep It Clean Partnership and the City of Lafayette. The Keep It Clean Partners is a joint effort by local governments in and around Boulder County dedicated to protecting water quality and reducing stormwater pollution. Our mission is to educate our communities about stormwater pollution prevention through various educational methods. www.KeepItCleanPartnership.org