Pick Up After Your Pets, Even When It’s Cold
January 11, 2018
When it’s cold and the ground is covered in snow, it can be tempting to leave your pet’s waste behind, but this habit leads to an unsightly, environmental hazard come spring. The snow melts, revealing all the waste pet owners neglected to clean up, and harmful bacteria washes into the City’s storm sewers and then into creeks, lakes, and wetlands.
“Bacteria from animal waste is a pathogen that can affect drinking water and recreation and usability of waterways,” says Eric Eckman, development and
assets coordinator. “It can be a health hazard.”
Bassett Creek and the Mississippi River are both impaired for bacteria, which is partially due to pet waste, Eckman says.
One of the simplest things you can do to keep local waterways healthy is to pick up after your pet. It also shows courtesy to your community, and it’s the law.