Pet waste is a major contributor to stormwater pollution. Rain and melting snow flows across yards, dog parks, and trails on its way to creeks via our streets and storm drains.
Pet waste contains harmful bacteria, parasites, and nutrients that do not belong in our waterways. This includes pathogens that can cause serious illness in humans. Rain and melting snow carry these pollutants from yards, parks, and trails to local streams. Nutrients from pet waste can cause harmful algae growth and negatively affect aquatic life.
Read the Pet Waste Brochure for more tips:
Picking up dog waste does not just protect water quality, it also keeps our local trails clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. Make sure you know all the rules about dog waste and the voice and sight requirements for Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP). To learn more, visit voiceandsight.org and remember to pick up after your dog!
Sources: Environmental Contamination by Dog’s Faeces: A Public Health Problem?, CDC.gov, 2017-2018 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, Census.gov