Environmental Concerns about Pet Waste
In the ever increasing world of environmental issues, we are learning that in order to help our ecosystem there is an increasing need to live like we have to; not like we want to. Deep routed in this mindset is an uncomfortable feeling of change for some people, while others embrace the opportunity to “give back” to the environment that has been available for us to enjoy.
Leaving an accumulation of dog waste on the ground is the main contributor of water pollution. Each time snow melts or it rains the bacteria run-off from dog waste washes into storm drains. This water is untreated and moves directly from storm drains into our rivers, streams, and lakes. The promotion of additional bacteria in our waterways harms the health of wildlife, fish, and humans.
The Impact of Pet Waste in the Kansas City Metro
Unfortunately for the Kansas City Metropolitan area most our local waterways do not meet state water quality bacteria standards for recreational use. These tests were performed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS is an organization whose mission is to serve the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to understand the earth; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life. The source of this information is located at www.marc.org/water. In a recent study of streams and creeks in the Kansas City region, the USGS determined pet waste was the source of approximately one-quarter of the bacteria in our waterways. A devastating future of increased bacteria could kill fish and wildlife such as birds, dear, etc. that depend on streams and lakes for their natural survival.
City Ordinances and Homeowners Associations
National organizations, Cities, and even Homeowner Associations are beginning to enforce rules and ordinances for dog owners to pick up after their pet. The majority of cities in the United States are implementing Ordinances that require regular cleaning of your yard or impose a fine anywhere from $50.00 to $600.00 for offenders. However, one city (Englewood, Colorado) has recently imposed an Ordinance that requires homeowners to pick up waste after 72 hours or face a $1,000.00 fine or a year in jail, or both! Most individuals believe this would be hard to police, but authorities said they can use this new ordinance to deal with people who don’t pick up after their dog for months “or ever.” Most offenders are turned in by their neighbors who are tired of seeing and smelling the offensive waste by undependable pet owners.
What Can You Do to Help?
The obvious is to pick up pet waste from your yard on a regular basis. It’s not fertilizer, and the lawn mower doesn’t make it magically disappear. There’s no excuse that can validate leaving pet waste in the yard especially when it comes to your health and our environment. If you do not have time for this task, consider Scoopy the Poo™. If you choose to clean the yard yourself, our professional dog waste removal equipment will make this responsibility much easier.