Tips for Pet Care, Stormwater Health

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Doo good, and pick up pet doo to keep it out of our water ways!

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Doo Duty

Pet waste can be a major source of bacteria and excess nutrients in local waters. Animal waste spreads disease like Giardia and accounts for up to 20% of the bacteria in our waterways. The nutrients added to our waters acts as a fertilizer, making algae grow, and reducing oxygen levels that many fish depend on. When home, scooped cat waste from the litter box, and picked up dog poo can be flushed down the toilet. If out, put animal waste in a container that can be sealed or tied, and throw it in the trash. Reminder: City Ordinance states that the owner or person in custody of an animal is responsible for picking up and disposing of feces.

Pet Litter

Litter boxes and pet habitats can fill up fast, and disposing of droppings appropriately is important to keep our environment healthy and our water clean. While the broad variety of scoopable litters and animal bedding allows you to flush small deposits into the toilet, eventually the whole litter box or bedding needs to be replaced. When it's time to clean the enclosure, remember to dump the litter or bedding into a sealable bag, and place the secured bag into the trash. Never empty waste contents into your yard or the street.

Ducks & Geese

While waterfowl are fun to interact with at parks and at home, feeding ducks things like stale bread or crackers can have negative impacts on both birds and water quality. Though waterfowl generally love bread, it lacks important nutrients and roughage these birds need in their natural diet and can make them sick. Feeding waterfowl can also make them more dependent on food hand outs rather than getting it on their own. The uneaten food acts as a fertilizer in water and creates algae and oxygen issues. Feeding waterfowl also tends to draw in an unsustainable amount of birds to the area. This higher number of birds creates larger than manageable quantity of waste that gets into our waterways.