Here in Northern Virginia, we love our dogs and we love our clean water, too. We can have both if dog owners are responsible and clean up after their pets.
Dog $#@! On the Ground = Pollution in the Water
You see, dog $#@! is more than nasty — it’s dangerous, too. You might not realize it, but it’s full of germs that breed in the water and can make people, wild animals, and even other dogs sick!
When dog owners leave the stuff on the ground, the rain washes it down the storm drain and into the nearest creek! That’s water pollution!
It’s an easy problem to prevent. Just put the waste in a plastic bag and dump it in the trash. That’s all there is to it!
50 Million Pounds Per Year
There are more than half a million dogs in Northern Virginia. Even at just a few ounces of %$#@! per day, that adds up to more than 50 million pounds per year. Imagine what our waterways would be like if it all washed down the storm drain and into the nearest creek?
The next time you walk by a creek without holding your nose, you can thank the dog owners who pick the stuff up, even in their own yard. The Clean Water Partners conduct regular polls, and we find that more and more dog owners are doing the right thing each year.
Won’t you be part of this growing trend? Be the person that your dog thinks you are — someone to look up to.
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