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 that fish and other water-based life need to survive, as well as encourage the growth of harmful algae. It is also considered a significant source of pathogens like fecal coliform, a disease-causing bacteria.

Read more of this report from the USDA here

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