Let’s work together!

We all need to be prepared to TALK to people.
Get in the habit of carrying extra bags to share.
Be the person who sponsors a trail or your own street:

  • Offer to be the point person for your neighborhood or favorite walking trail.
  • Put up signs and install a doggie bag station on your street or trailhead.
  • Find more volunteers in your neighborhood to help. 
  • Regularly walk your trail or street and pick up poop left behind.

Together we can do this.

learn about POOP PATROL

How can pet waste affect nearby water sources?

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. We all know how bad this is for the waters of Lake Tahoe!

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Does dog poop affect groundwater?

Pet waste left on the ground eventually contaminates the watershed. Waste components like fecal bacteria and nutrients are washed into storm drains, streams, and other receiving waters by irrigation, rain, melting snow, and flooding. They can also simply leach through the soil and into the groundwater.

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Does a bear poop in the woods?

Of course it does! The differences between wildlife waste and pet waste are profound: (a) Our dogs eat highly nutritious, commercially prepared dog food which means their waste contains elements of these nutrients. (b) Our dogs and pets greatly outnumber wildlife. (c) Wildlife is consuming elements from nature and redepositing them BACK into nature.

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