What you can do...
Scoop the poop.
Dog poop is more than just an icky nuisance. Itâ€™s a health risk to dogs and people, especially children. Itâ€™s full of bacteria that can make people sick. And itâ€™s a source of water pollution. When it rains, dog poop melts away and runoff carries it to storm drains, ditches and streams that feed our rivers, lakes and marine waters.
Bonus points!Properly disposing of dog poop also helps you:
Bacteria from dog poop can end up in shellfish. People who eat those shellfish can get very sick. The bacteria can also make water unsafe to drink or to swim in. Nutrients from dog poop can also feed the growth of aquatic plants and algae. As these decay, they use up oxygen in the water that fish and other aquatic life need.
Dog poop left on the ground is no small problem. Based on a study by the American Veterinary Medical Association, itâ€™s estimated that there are 1.6 million dogs in Washington State. That means hundreds of tons of new dog poop every day!
Dog poop doesnâ€™t have to be a problem.
What will you do to help?
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