Doo Good! Pick up Dog Doo. Protect Streams.

Dog doo is more than a nuisance! Dog poop is a major contributor to stormwater pollution.  Dog waste carries parasites and bacteria, like Giardia and E. coli, which washes into our streams.  Nutrients in dog waste like nitrogen and phosphorus act like fertilizer, growing algae and reducing oxygen levels, harming fish and other aquatic life. And it adds up! Bacteria from dog waste accounts for up to 20% of bacteria in our urban waterways.  Do your part by picking up after your pet!

The Impact

Pets and urban wildlife are major sources of water contamination because pet waste contains harmful bacteria and parasites. Dog feces can contain fecal coliform bacteria, which can spread diseases like Giardia, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, causing serious illness in humans.

Dog feces has higher phosphorous concentrations than found in cow and swine manure. Phosphorus is a nutrient that negatively impacts water quality and plant species. Nitrogen, found in dog urine, also leads to serious water quality issues.

In Boulder County, there is one dog for every three people. There are approximately 30,000 dogs in the city of Boulder alone. The average dog produces approximately 3/4 pounds of poop every day. One thousand dogs will produce 750 pounds of excrement a week.

That’s a lot of poop!

Do your part by picking up after your dog. It’s the neighborly thing to do and it’s the law!

You Can Make a Difference

Be a responsible pet parent by following these simple tips:

  1. Be prepared. Carry pet waste bags with you.
  2. Carry extra bags so you don’t run out and you can help someone else in need.
  3. Put pet waste bag ends in the trash can.
  4. When you hike, never leave a bag on the trail – there isn’t anyone designated to pick them up!
  5. Regularly pick up pet waste at home to keep your yard healthy and to protect streams.