“Earlier this month Marin supervisors approved a contract for a pet waste removal service they’ve used before to scour our open spaces twice a week to clean up after dog owners and walkers who can’t — dare I say won’t — pick up after their dogs. … emptying and relining dog waste cans by the open space gates, and restocking the dispensers holding biodegradable pet waste bags.”
Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) blamed backyards filled with dog poop for recent sightings of rats in Mount Greenwood. Much of the conversation at a town hall meeting Wednesday night focused on the rodent problem.View Full Caption
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MOUNT GREENWOOD — An emerging rat problem in the neighborhood can be attributed to one thing, the 19th Ward alderman said: dog poop.
“The major concern with animal waste is that it is nasty stuff in it that can either make you sick or make the environment sick. Animal waste, like human waste, contains bacteria and viruses that if it gets into water bodies that people use can give them all kinds of nasty things, the most common of which is stomach flu.” — Jon Devine, a senior attorney at the National Resources Defense Council
“Dog waste contains extremely high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen, and when added to the water, encourages rampant algae growth. This growth depletes oxygen levels in water, making it difficult for other aquatic organisms to survive.
“As dog waste decomposes, components can seep into the groundwater or run off into surface waters during rain events or snowmelt. The rivers and streams of the Wood River basin are fed almost entirely by rain and snow runoff, making our water systems particularly vulnerable. Therefore, every time dog waste is left on the trail, it adds to the pollution of our local waterways—the waterways that we depend on for drinking, irrigation and recreation.”