Pet waste is one of the many contributors of stormwater pollution that can degrade water quality. During rainfall, pet waste left on lawns, beaches, trails, and sidewalks washes into storm drains or into water bodies. The waste and the pathogens it contains (nutrients, bacteria, parasites, and viruses) end up flowing directly into streams, lakes and the Narragansett Bay where they can harm human health and the environment. It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans.
So picking up after your pet is a simple thing you can do to help keep bacteria out of your local waterways (not to mention keeping your neighborhood and backyard clean)! To learn more, select here.