Clackamas County has almost 100,000 dogs of all shapes and sizes. The Food and Drug Administration estimates that a dog excretes 0.75 pounds of waste per day. That adds up nearly 13,000 tons of pet waste in our county per year!
Reasons to Scoop
- Polluted storm runoff carries pet waste and other pollutants directly into waterways.
- Animal waste adds nitrogen to the water. Excess nitrogen depletes the oxygen in water necessary for beneficial aquatic vegetation, wildlife and fish.
- Animal waste may contain harmful organisms such as Giardia, Salmonella and E. coli that can be transmitted by ingesting contaminated water.
- Roundworms and hookworms deposited by infected animals can live in the soil for long periods of time and be transmitted to other animals and humans.
- Cleaning up after your pet is always the right thing to do.
Grab a bag before your next walk, and tell your friends to do the same. Our water will be much healthier.