Spring has arrived! The grass is turning green and the crocuses are blooming! Along with these welcome sights, you may also be noticing some unpleasant reminders of what was neglected over the winter- brown piles dotting your yard, local parks and favorite walking paths.
Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency rates the pollution level of pet waste as equal to herbicides, insecticides, oil, grease and sediment from mismanaged construction sites? These nonpoint source pollutants enter waterways from broad, generalized areas and drastically lower the water quality. Rain or melting snow collects pollutants as it flows across lawns and sidewalks into storm drains which dump directly into creeks and rivers. Keep our local water clean by hiring a dog poop service like Scoopy Doo’s of Longmont to ensure pet waste gets disposed of properly!
Protect Longmont’s Water by hiring a Dog Poop Service
- Pet waste that is not picked up can enter our waterways without being treated at wastewater treatment facilities.
- This untreated waste contains nutrients that can cause excessive algae and weed growth that hinders recreational water activities, such as swimming, boating and fishing.
- The health of people is at risk too due to the possible bacteria being harbored within pet waste, including salmonella, roundworms and toxoplasmosis.
- Fish and other aquatic life can die if the level of ammonia released by decomposing waste gets too high combined with lower oxygen caused by decomposition.
Spring is an especially hard time for stream ecosystems to deal with all the decomposing organic matter and road salt applied during winter. Easing the burden of our local waterways by hiring a reliable dog poop service like Scoopy Doo’s to remove polluting pet waste from your yard or neighborhood common areas is an easy and affordable step to take. And if you’d like to contribute on a bigger scale, consider participating in Longmont’s annual Clean-Up Green-Up campaign on April 7th to remove waste and beautify our community!