Dog Waste Myth # 3 – Project Clean Water

Dog Waste Myth # 3

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Myth: All the water that flows through our storm drains is treated, so it doesn’t really matter if I pick up my dog’s poop or not.

Fact: Nope! Not correct. Water that enters our storm drains is NOT treated.

This means that everything, including pollutants such as dog waste, that enters our storm drains flows directly into creeks, rivers, bays, beaches and the ocean.
Storm water often picks up harmful pollutants like dog waste, trash and automobile fluids on its way to our waterways. This results in pollution impacting our beaches and harming fish and wildlife. And no one wants to swim in that!

Do your part: pick up after your pup.

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