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. 


…polluted runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in Northern Virginia? That’s right, the very same rain that washes streets, yards, and parking lots clean is sending chemicals, bacteria, and trash down the drain and into the local creeks where our kids play and fish and animals live! That’s the bad news. But the good news is that if we work together, we can clean it up! The Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners have prepared this website to help you make choices that will protect and benefit both people and the environment.

Activities of the Clean Water Partners are managed by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission on their behalf.

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