Category Archives: Watershed

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 […]

Dog waste contaminates our waterways: A new test could reveal how big the problem is

“Development of Rapid Canine Fecal Source Identification PCR-Based Assays“Environmental Science & Technology Photo by RephiLe water on Unsplash Americans love their dogs, but they don’t always love to pick up after them. And that’s a problem. Dog feces left on the ground wash into waterways, sometimes carrying bacteria — including antibiotic-resistant strains — that can […]

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