Here in Northern Virginia, we love our dogs and clean water, too. We can have both if dog owners are responsible and clean up after their pets.
Did you know that pet waste can harbor harmful germs and bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella and Fecal Coliform? Pet waste also contains nutrients that deplete the oxygen that fish and other aquatic life need to live. Pet waste left on the ground allows these germs and bacteria to be washed into streams, creeks and water supplies by rain and snow melt.
Simple Ways to Love Your Pet and the Environment
Always clean up after your pet. Dog droppings in parks, on the street and even in your garden can all end up polluting our streams. It may not be the most pleasant chore, but cleaning up after your dog can prevent water pollution and it’s the law. Encourage other pet owners to pick up, too!
Dispose of pet waste properly. Bag it and place pet waste in the trash.
Never dispose of pet waste in a storm drain. These drains lead directly to local waterways.