WHAT'S THE SCOOP?
Tips for a healthy pet and a healthier environment.
Create A Healthy Environment in and around your home by following these simple pet practices. Your Pet, Family and Neighbors will appreciate their clean
We all love our pets, but pet waste is a subject everyone likes to avoid. Pet waste left on trails, sidewalks, streets and grassy areas can be washed into the nearest waterway when it rains.
Even if you can't see streams
or lakes near you, Rainfall (stormwater) or Sprinkler runoff can wash pet waste into the storm drains that carry runoff to the nearest streams or lakes untreated. The Risk of stormwater contamination increases if
pet waste is allowed to accumulate in outdoor animal pen areas or left on sidewalks, streets or driveways.
Pet waste contains nutrients and bacteria, Nutrients can promote the growth of algae in streams and lakes, Algae can cause
fish kills and other environmental damage if it is fed too many nutrients. Pet waste also contains E. Coli and fecal bacteria, which can cause disease in other animals and humans that come in contact with it when swimming or splashing in streams and lakes.
Also, dogs carry Salmonella and Giardia, which can make people sick.
Pet Waste that is not picked up and properly disposed of can also increase Vector Problmes, Flies and other insects are not only attracted to and feed on pet waste, but can also
be infected with diseases and spread those diseases to humans and other animals.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
SCOOP up pet waste and flush it down the toilet or place in trash can.
NEVER DUMP pet waste into a storm drain or catch
USE the complimentary bags or mutt mitts offered in dispensers at local parks.
CARRY EXTRA BAGS when walking your dog and make them available to other pet owners who are without.
TEACH CHILDREN how to properly
clean up after a pet.
TELL FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS about the ill effects of animal waste on the environment. Encourage them to clean up after their pets.
Call 1-800-506-2555 TOLL FREE to report illegal dumping to the storm drain,
find the dates and times of local Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. obtain additional information on stormwater problems and solutions, request presentations about stormwater pollution for your child's classroom, or learn about free grasscycling
and composting workshops.
SCOOP THE POOP.
Many Communities have "Scoop the Poop" Laws that govern pet waste clean-up. Some of these laws specifically require anyone who walks an animal off their property to carry a bag, shovel,
or scooper. Any waste left by the animal must be cleaned up immediately. Call Your Local Code Enforcement Office to find out more about pet waste regulations.
OTHER WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR PETS AND THE ENVIRONMENT.
Pets are only
one of many sources that contribute to water pollution. However, these other sources of water pollution cannot only harm the environment but also harm your pet. Improperly used or stored lawn fertilizers, pesticides, soaps, grease and vehicle fluids cannot
only be washed into local streams and lakes, these chemicals can also harm your pet if they ingest or touch these chemicals. Call 1-800-506-2555 for information regarding how to properly dispose of household hazardous wastes such as these. You can also keep
your pets and our environment healthy by properly maintaining your vehicles, and limiting use of pesticides and fertilizers to only the amouth that is absolutely needed.
Make sure to not only protect your pets, but to also protect your
neighbors pets. NEVER HOSE VEHICLE FLUIDS into the street or gutter. USE ABSORBENT MATERIALS such as cat litter to clean up spills. SWEEP UP used absorbent materials and place them in the trash.
HORSE AND LIVESTOCK.
enough to own a horse or livestock? You Too Can play a part in protection and cleaning up our water resources. The following are a few simple Best Management Practices (BMPs) Specifically designed for horses and livestock.
Your Manure Properly. Do Not Store Unprotected Piles Of Manure In Places Where Stormwater Runoff May Wash The Manure Away. Place a Cover Or Tarp Over The Pile To Keep Rainwater Out.
BUILD A Manure Storage Facility To Protect Your
Pets, Property And The Environment. These Structures Usually Consist Of A Concrete Pad To Protect Groundwater And A Short Wall On One Or Two Sides To Make Manure Handling Easier.
READ The Only Rain Down The Storm Drain Brochure Titled
"Tips For Horse Care" For Additional Guidance And Recommendations. This Brochure May Be Available At Your Local City Office Or Downloaded At www.rcflood.org/stormwater.
KEEP Animals Out Of Streams, Horses And Livestock Can Deficate
In Streams Causing Stormwater Pollution. Horses And Livestock In Streams Can Also Disturb Sensitive Habitat And Vegetation, Causing Additional Environmental Damage. Keep Horses And Livestock Away From Streams And Use Designated Stream Crossings Whenever Possible.
MATERIAL STORAGE SAFETY TIPS.
Many Of The Chemicals Found In Barns Require Careful Handling And Proper Disposal, When Using These Chemicals Be Certain To Follow These Common Sense Guidelines.
What You Need.
Treat Spills Of Hoof Oils Like A Fuel Spill, Use Kitty Litter To Soak Up The Oil And Dispose Of It In A Tightly Sealed Plastic Bag.
Store Pesticides In A Locked, Dry, Well-Ventilated Area.
Protect Stored Fertilizer
And Pesticides From Rain And Surface Water.
RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICTS CAN HELP.
Call 1-800-506-2555 For Assistance With Locating A Local Conservation District That Can Help You Properly Manage Your Manure, Re-Establish Healthy
Pastures, Control Weeds, Or Identify Appropriate Grasses For Your Soils. Or You Can Call K9 Sanitation 951-657-6974 For All Your Poop Pick Ups.
Thank You For Doing Your Part To Protect Your Watershed, The Environment, Your Pets And Your
Why Scoop? Well...Poop smells, attracts flies, and sticks to your shoes :)
waste is an environmental pollutant: Picking up after your dog helps reduce the likelihood of its fecal bacteria ending up in an increasingly contaminated water supply. Dog feces are common carriers of nasty things like heartworms, whipworms,
hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, parvovirus, giardia, salmonella, and E. coli.
Dog poop is NOT good fertilizer: It’s toxic to your lawn! The high nutrient concentration in dog poop will burn and discolor the grass, creating
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Nearly two decades ago the EPA classified pet waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil.
Flies and other pests: Dog
waste increases the presence of flies and other pests like fleas and ticks that aid in the transmission of diseases. Scooping the poop will greatly reduce the amount of flies in your yard and home. We cant eliminate them completely but will for sure greatly
reduce the (the flies will go to your neighbors yards that are full of dog poop)
Did you know that hiring a pet waste removal service is getting as common today as hiring a landscaper, house cleaner or anyone to help with the household duties?
Dog poop bag stations have become a customary item at all dog parks, apartments and
Ok, Now that you know all the facts you probably have some questions. That's Great We Love Questions!