When pet waste is left on the ground, rain and snowmelt can wash it into storm drains or directly into waterways. This “stormwater runoff” can contaminate our sources of drinking water.
Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey estimate that animal waste is to blame for 20 to 30 percent of water pollution in America.
Animal waste breeds harmful bacteria, promotes excessive plant growth, and causes algae blooms. This kill fish and other animals by robbing water of oxygen.
Encouraging pet owners to clean up after their furry friends is easier when you provide a tool for the job. Dogi Pots, or bag-dispensing units, are one such tool. These can even feature educational signage.
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary can provide you with:
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary played a leading role in the Philly Water’s Best Friend Spokesdog Competition. Check out our many pageants and winners here. Then contact Michelle Knoll if you’d like to launch a similar campaign.
(Video credit: WHYY-TV 12 PBS First)