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Pet Waste

Pet Waste

Not only is pet waste unsightly when encountered on lawns, beaches, sidewalks and other public places, it is a source of bacteria, parasites and viruses that may end up in streams and lakes where they can be harmful to human health and the environment.

Carry a bag or "pooper scooper" when you take your pet on walks, to the park or other public places and dispose of properly in the trash or down the toilet. Oh and by the way, no plastic bags down the toilet.

Horses and livestock

Manure and bare earth can be washed off site into creeks and lakes during rain events where they can harm human health and the environment. Sediment washed from horse and livestock areas devoid of any ground cover can harm aquatic life by clogging the gills of fish and intergranular spaces in stream gavels that provide habitat for bugs and fish spawning.
  • Put barns, corrals and fenced in areas in locations that drain away from creeks and lakes.
  • When possible, keep livestock out of wet fields.
  • Cover exposed dirt areas with loose hay or plant grasses to cover and bind the soil to prevent erosion.
  • Compost soiled bedding and manure for your own use or donate composted materials to community gardens or composting centers.
  • For animal grooming, use less toxic alternatives such as bacterial insecticides, insecticidal soaps, boric acid powder, horticultural oils, pyrethrin based insecticides and diatomaceous earth.

                            Updated April 14, 2010