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Pick up the Poop! Pet wASTE

Unlike human waste, pet waste goes into our lakes, rivers and streams untreated.  Even if you don't live near the water, pet waste can be picked up by stormwater and transported through stormdrains.  Just imagine, if everyone in your neighborhood owns a dog that poops twice a day, that's a lot of poop going into our water. 


Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen and sometimes releases ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia can damage the health of fish and other aquatic life. Pet waste carries bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can threaten the health of humans and wildlife. Pet waste also contains nutrients that promote weed and algae growth (eutrophication). Cloudy and green, eutrophic water makes swimming and recreation unappealing or even unhealthy. You can also keep your dog healthy by not allowing them to swim in water contaminated by algal blooms. For more information on what to look for, check out this EPA video.


Many public areas provide pet waste stations. If you don't have a pet waste station in your neighborhood, make sure you carry a bag and pick up the poop! Waste can be thrown away or buried.

Links and Resources

Download the Stormwater SMART Pet Waste Transmits Disease brochure. (Community specific brochures are available on the brochures page)

Pet Waste Management (US EPA)

Think Blue - Pollution Prevention Requirements: Pet Waste Video (English) Video (Spanish)

Washington State Dog Doogity Music Video

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