Scoop the Poop

Nobody likes to step in a "surprise" on the ground left by your loving dog or cat. But did you know that pet waste can become an even bigger problem for our rivers, lakes and streams?

 

When it rains, pet waste left on lawns, sidewalks and trails washes into storm drains or into water bodies.  The poop and the bad things it contains (bacteria, viruses and parasites) end up flowing into surface waters where they can harm human health and the environment

 

It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans.

Cleaning up after your pet is as easy as scooping the poop, bagging and disposing in the trash.  It is a simple thing you can do to help keep our waters clean--not to mention away from your shoes!

Other useful tips:

  • Purchase pet waste bags -or- repurpose plastic shopping bags to clean up after your pet.

  • Look for "pet posts" with bag dispensers at local parks, trails and apartment complexes.

Cowlitz Clean Waters | cowlitzcleanwaters@gmail.com

Cowlitz Clean Waters is a collaborative initiative of the City of Kelso, City of Longview, Cowlitz County, Consolidated Diking Improvement District #1 (CDID#1), Kelso School District, Longview School District, Washington State University (WSU) Cowlitz County Extension and the Lower Columbia College.

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