Pet waste is full of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can make wildlife and people sick. When pet waste is left on the ground, these pathogens can be picked up by rain and carried directly to local creeks, streams, and rivers.
You might think what your dog leaves behind is negligible, but when you consider all of the pets in an area, it adds up to a lot of poo-llution! There are an estimated 45,116 dogs in Florence and Darlington Counties. That is a lot of dogs and a lot of poo! On average, a dog produces .42 pounds of solid waste per day which means that 18,949 pounds or 9.5 tons of fecal waste is produced every day.e ground, these pathogens can be picked up by rain and carried directly to local creeks, streams, and rivers.
If you are still skeptical, consider the data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Water Quality Monitoring Program. In 2010, there were a total of 41 sampling sites in Florence and Darlington Counties with 51 impairments (some stations were impaired for more than one pollutant). Fecal coliform bacteria was the most common pollutant accounting for 33% of impairments.
How Can You Help?
It's easy to protect the water that you and your pet both love. Pick up after your pet and dispose of the waste in a trash can. There are convenient dispensers that you can purchase which can be attached to your dog's leash so you'll always have a bag when needed. Plus, you can be a good steward and offer a bag to other pet owners when needed.
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This public service announcement was created in partnership with our neighboring consortium, Sumter Stormwater Solutions in partnership with Miller Communications Stations.
Show Off Your Canine for Clean Water
Look for the FDSC at various festivals and public events where we'll be asking pet owners to sign the Clean Water Pledge. In return for your commitment to protecting local waterways, you will receive a cool bandana for your dog. Then, take a photo of your dog wearing the bandana and we'll post it here for everyone to see.