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Pet Waste Belongs in the Trash!

When pet waste is washed into lakes or streams, the waste decays, using up oxygen and releases ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia combined with warm temperatures kill fish. Pet wastes also contain nutrients that encourage weed and algae growth. Overly fertile water becomes cloudy and green– unattractive for swimming, boating, and fishing. Perhaps most importantly, pet waste can carry diseases which could make water unsafe for contact.

When you walk your dog, make sure to carry a plastic bag with you so that you can pick up the waste and dispose of it properly. Flushing is the best disposal method (don’t flush the plastic bag), but you can also throw it in a trash can. Some towns will fine you if they catch you leaving it in public areas!

Do your "doody" in both public areas and in your yard to prevent waste from ending up in the nearest river.

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