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Dog Owners: The One Action That Makes a Difference

In the movies, you’ve seen monsters lurking in storm drains, waterways and oceans. Well, in Orange County, we have a monster that is causing real havoc: dog poo!

It’s time to talk about a serious issue lurking in Orange County’s storm drains, waterways and oceans: dog poo!

Dog poo is a hodgepodge of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can harm the health of our local waterways and the beauty of our beaches. That’s why as a responsible dog owner, it is crucial that you ALWAYS pick up after your pet.

If left on the ground, dog poo can travel into the storm drain when it rains or can be picked up by sprinkler runoff. As it decays in the water, it depletes oxygen levels and can release ammonia, which not only reduces the quality of our oceans, but hurts fish and other aquatic organisms.

Luckily for us, defeating this storm drain monster is easy! Putting pet waste in the trash using plastic bags is the preferred method for disposing of doggie waste.

Until you can teach your dog to pick up after himself or herself, be the responsible dog owner that Orange County needs and clean up after your dog.

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  1. Keith Linker Says:

    June 23rd, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Great advice. One question however. Once pet waste is collected, what is recommended method for disposal? Trash? Or turn bag inside out over toilet?

  2. Gnorman the Gnome Says:

    June 26th, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Hello Gneighbor Keith,

    The easiest and most portable method would be to tie up the plastic bag and throw it away in the trash. This method works best when you are walking your dog. You can get extra points however, if you avoid the use of a plastic bag and flush the poo down the drain using a shovel.