It might not seem like a stormwater problem, but animal waste is one of the many seemingly small sources of pollution that can add up to big problems for water quality, and even human health.
Animal waste contains two main types of pollutants that harm local waters: nutrients and pathogens. When this waste ends up in water bodies, it decomposes, releasing nutrients that cause excessive growth of algae and weeds. This makes the water murky, green, smelly, and even unusable for swimming, boating, or fishing. The pathogens, disease causing bacteria and viruses, can also make local waters unswimmable and unfishable, and have caused severe illness in humans. As you can see, animal waste doesn’t simply decompose. So, the easiest way to avoid these problems is to avoid these problems is to clean up after your pet each and every time, and dispose of the waste properly!
Picking up after your pet is easy, if you’re prepared. Simply carry a plastic bag with you on every walk with your dog, and you’ll have the equipment to remove your dog’s waste. Then throw it in the nearest trash can, and you’re done! There are even compact, refillable bag dispensers that you can attach right to your dog’s leash. Click here to request a free dog bag waste container from us.
Demi and her dog, Loomis.
The Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority was formed in September 2006 via an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Centennial, Arapahoe County, the Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority, East Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District, and Inverness Water and Sanitation District. The Authority is responsible for Stormwater Services within its service area. The Authority was formed in order to protect people and property from flooding, to comply with unfunded federal environmental regulations, and to provide a funding mechanism so that the stormwater services can be performed.Beginning in January 2007, the Authority will provide stormwater management services and be responsible for NPDES compliance in the areas it serves within the City of Centennial and unincorporated Arapahoe County. The Authority will plan, fund, construct, acquire, operate, and maintain various drainage and flood control facilities. It will also comply with NPDES and other environmental regulations, and inform the public about stormwater quality.
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