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Merde, Merde, And Encore Merde – Why Dog Poop Is A Shitty Affair In France

By Tamara Thiessen 22/08/2021 Photo by JOHN TOWNER on Unsplash So, I’m coming back from the shops, and I see a woman ahead of me picking up after her dog. I just can’t hold back – it’s such an unusual sight to see people scooping up dog poop in France. “Madame, I want to give you a […]

Paris Poo

ETC Paris Poo ByRicki August 5, 2021 Photo by Léonard Cotte on Unsplash Be warned! Foreign Affairs departments go to great lengths to make sure their citizens know the dangers of being a tourist in Paris. Protect personal belongings;  beware of bag snatching and pickpocketing; avoid demonstrations and political rallies; avoid public transport from airports to […]


LISA RANKIN   OFF THE EATEN PATH Photo by DAT VO on Unsplash Despite growing up in the Canadian climate with long, cold winters, I must admit that although I have had ample opportunity, I never became much of a skier. However, living here in Paris over the past 8 years, I have developed superlative slalom […]

Managing Pet and Wildlife Waste to Prevent Contamination of Drinking Water

Photo by Bluewater Sweden on Unsplash Animal waste or feces have long been isolated from people for public health reasons. However, droppings from pets, such as dogs, cats, exotic birds and rabbits, are deposited into rivers, streams, and other water bodies and can threaten human health. This fact sheet addresses some of the measures pet […]

Pet Waste Fact Sheet

Photo by Alexander Schimmeck on Unsplash WATER POLLUTIONSources of water pollution like industrial wastes from factories have been greatly reduced in recent years. Now, more than 60% of water pollution comes from things like runoff from washing cars, fertilizer from farms and gardens, and pet waste. All these sources add up to a big pollution […]

The impacts of dogs on wildlife and water quality: A literature review

Compiled by Lori Hennings, Metro Parks and Nature, April 2016Photo by Ron Fung on Unsplash SUMMARYMetro periodically reviews the science literature behind its natural resource policies to ensure policiesare based on the most current science. Recently staff reviewed the scientific literature regarding theimpacts of dogs on wildlife to inform Metro Regulatory Code Title 10.01, which […]

Pet waste and bathing beaches

A guide for pet owners on environmentally sound waste disposal practices to protect the recreational waters of Massachusetts. Health risks possibly associated with pet waste Pet waste can contain bacteria and parasites, causing infections such as the following: Campylobacteriosis: A bacterial infection that causes diarrhea in humans Giardiasis: A protozoan infection of the small intestine that can […]


By Nyssa Baechler Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash You have probably seen the many different iterations of the same signs: some ask, some tell, and some threaten by using pleasantries, profanity, or puns to get you to pick up your dog’s poop. Whether the signs make you giggle or gasp, the message is clear […]

Pet Waste Concerns: Rhode Island

Photo by John Yunker on Unsplash RHODE ISLAND IS A STATE RICH IN WATER RESOURCES. From our freshwater lakes and ponds,rivers and streams, and abundant groundwater resources to our coastal ponds, estuaries, NarragansettBay, and the Atlantic Ocean, our water resources sustain our livelihood. Our land use activities affectthe quality of these water resources. There are […]

Pet Waste Disposal Systems Help Protect Water Quality

Posted by Amy Overstreet Maxwell and Sabrenna Bryant, NRCS South Carolina in Conservation Feb 21, 2017 Dog waste that isn’t cleaned up isn’t just a hazard for the bottom of your shoes—it is also a cause of pollution in creeks, rivers and lakes across the country. Dog waste contains nitrogen and phosphorus, which can deplete oxygen […]

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