Please Clean Up After Your Pet
Protect Our Waterways
For your convenience, the District has provided Pet Waste Stations throughout our Parks and Greenbelts.
What should I do?
• Bring It! Carry a scooper bag when you walk your dog.
• Scoop It! Use the baggie like a glove, scoop the poop, invert and seal the bag.
• Toss It! It belongs in the trash.
What is the relationship between storm drains and pet waste?
Pollutants from improperly disposed pet waste may be washed into the storm drain by rain or irrigation water. Unlike the sanitary sewer (from sinks and toilets), storm drains are a direct link to our creeks and rivers, carrying many pollutants– pet waste, pesticides and fertilizer, and oil– along with the untreated water.
Why is it important to dispose of pet waste properly?
• Pet waste left in parks is unsanitary and disagreeable for park users. It contains pathogenic bacteria and other parasites. When pet waste is washed into our creeks and rivers it decays in the water, depleting oxygen levels and releasing ammonia, which can be harmful to fish and other aquatic life.
• Pet waste contains nutrients that foster weed and algae growth.
• There is a significant problem with fecal bacteria contamination found in our waterways, and pet waste left on the ground is one of the leading sources of this pollutant.