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Problem Solver - August 2014

Keep Your Park Clean

Unsightly dog waste can be a big problem at public parks and trails. No one wants to come across such a mess while enjoying their favorite park or strolling along a walking trail. With the right solutions in place, you can encourage pet owners to clean up after their furry friends, keeping your park or trail clean and pleasant for everyone.

Q: What are some of the problems associated with pet waste?

A: Dog waste isn't just a nuisance to the eyes and ears. It also can present a safety hazard. Dog droppings can carry dangerous bacteria and viruses, which can seep into groundwater, as well as rivers and lakes, contaminating local water. In fact, recent studies have ranked canine companions third and sometimes fourth on the list of bacteria contributions in contaminated waters.

Because of the danger, many communities put ordinances in place, and pet owners may have to pay a fine if they don't safely and properly remove dog waste.

Q: What can we do to encourage pet owners to clean up after their dogs?

A: Make it easy on owners and place pet stations in a convenient location. Pet stations make it easy for owners to clean up after their dogs, and help keep your parks and trails clean and waste-free. The stations feature signage that serves as a visual reminder, encouraging dog owners to be responsible and clean up after their furry friends.

Pet stations not only make it easy for owners to remove pet waste, but also feature eco-friendly features. Biodegradable pick-up bags benefit the community and the environment, while keeping your park safe and clean.

Q: What else should we consider?

A: It's important to remind park visitors about the rules. Pet waste stations are a good visual reminder, but be sure to post rules about picking up in a central location, such as the park entrance. Also be sure that uniformed staff members are patrolling the park regularly. This reminds patrons that you're keeping an eye on things, and helps ensure everyone is following the rules.



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