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Extension Forestry & Natural Resources

Wildlife & Fisheries Biology  -  Environmental & Natural Resources  -  Forest Resources

Dog Poop and Water Quality

Louwanda W. Jolley, Ph.D., Research Specialist

A gram of dog feces contains an average of 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, some of which can cause diseases in humans. These bacteria contaminate water when they are carried off into storm drains, creeks, and lakes during storm runoff.



Protect our Waterways

Pick up What Your Dog Leaves Behind

This publication was funded in part by a United States Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Act 319 Grant
through the South Carolina Department of  Health and Environmental Control, Division of Water Quality. 

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This article is a publication of Clemson University Cooperative Extension's Forestry & Natural Resources team.
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