Scoop the Poop

Scoop the Poop

Scoop the Poop

Pet Waste and Water Quality: It’s Not Just on the Lawn, It’s in Your Water

What is the problem?

Scooping your pooch’s poop isn’t just a courtesy for those walking behind you; it is also the healthy and environmentally sound thing to do. Pet waste can be a significant source of water pollution. When pet waste is not properly disposed, it can be carried by rainwater runoff directly into nearby waterbodies or into storm drains. Storm drains in streets and neighborhoods flow directly to a stream, river, or estuary without any treatment. Untreated animal fecal matter and wastes are a source of harmful bacteria and nutrients in water. Just as we don’t want human sewage in our water, it is important to prevent pet waste from being carried into our waterways because of negligence.

Are you risking your health?
People are at risk of getting sick from drinking or swimming in water contaminated by pet waste. Dogs can be significant hosts of disease causing organisms, including giardia and Salmonella, which are protozoan and bacterial infections transmitted to humans by animals. Our beaches in Virginia Beach have been closed due to bacteria contamination and 60% of the Lynnhaven River is closed to shellfish harvest because of bacterial contamination.

The latest research
The environmental impact of dog waste has gone unrecognized for decades. Scientists recently developed a new lab technique of fingerprinting DNA to match bacteria found in the water to the bacteria from specific animals, including humans and domestic animals. Using this type of forensic science, scientists have found that dogs are a significant contributor of harmful bacteria in our waterways.

Other neighborhood water pollutants
Dog waste is only one of many pollutants from our neighborhoods that add to water pollution. Lawn fertilizers, motor oil, driveway sand and salt, and soapy water from washing cars in driveways commonly end up in our streams, lakes and rivers.

What you can do:You can follow these easy steps to be part of the solution to pet waste contamination.1.  The first step is to always carry a plastic bagwith you when you walk your dog. Re-using an old newspaper delivery bag or plastic grocery bag works well.2.  Using the bag like a glove, you can then pick up the pet waste, turn the bag inside out around the waste, seal the bag, and dispose of it in a trash can. You can also flush un-bagged pet waste down the toilet.3.  Don’t place the bagged or un-bagged pet waste in a storm drain or hose the pet waste towards storm drains as they drain directly to a stream, river, lake or other water body.4.  Cleaning up after your pets in your own yard is as important as cleaning up after them in public places.

Spread the word

Tell friends and neighbors about the effect of animal waste on the environment and our health. Encourage them to clean up after their pets and to dispose of the pet waste properly.

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EVENTS CALENDAR

October 2017

Landscape for Life

October 3, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Events

Capture

PHP Birdwalk

October 7, 2017
07:30 AM
Bird Walk

Join us for a guided bird walk and enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna at Pleasure House Point!

To sign up e-mail Dana@lrnow.org or call our office (757)962-5398

Bird & Plant Walk

October 7, 2017
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Bird Walk

Join us at Pleasure House Point, on of the major stopovers of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway, to take a walk through the property in search of birds. What better way to go bird watching than with an avid Audubon birder at this ideal location!

Email Dana@lrnow.org or call 757-962-5398 to sign up!

LRNow Fall Festival

October 7, 2017
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Events

FF 2017

FF Schedule 2017

 

Vendors

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
Aveda
Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads
Carolyn Osmond, Artist
Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Hampton Roads Office
The Chrysler Museum of Art
Ebbing Tides Stand Up Paddle Boards •Sales •Lessons •Eco Tours
Ginger Jenkot, Ceramic Artist
Gorman's Handpainted Glass
Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Girl Scouts
Heather Donis Designs Mobile Paint Parties
HR Green Network
HRSD
Jessamyn Manzeralla, Artist
Jr Master Naturalists
Leaping Lizard Cafe-Shore Drive
Nautical Nature Co.
Neighborhood Harvest
Norfolk Botanical Garden
O'Hellyeah
Ran With Scissors
Sierra Club
Solar Services
Three Ships Coffee
US Green Building Council
Sensible Seafood Program Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
VA Bee Co
VB Public Library
ViBe Creative District
Wildlife Response, Inc
The First Tee of Hampton Roads
Virginia Beach SPCA - Virginia Beach
Anna Freeman, ceramic artist
doTERRA Essential Oils Wellness Education
Eco Maniac Company
Fit4Mom Virginia Beach & Chesapeake
Grandpa and Sons Kettle Corn
J Glynn Winters
Mothers Outfront
Oberweis Dairy
Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society
Rose and Womble Foundation
Sofrito, Cast Iron Catering Inc
Southern Branch Nursery
Virginia Master Naturalist Program
Viv's Sew Crazy and Ilona & Co
Music by Paul Jarman
Build your own Vermiculture Bin Workshop $35.00 by Master gardener, Eileen Walsh
Leave No Trace and 10 Essentials for Hiking REI
Paddleboarding Free Demo and Eco-Tour $20 by Ebbing Tides Stand Up Paddle Boards •Sales •Lessons •Eco Tours
Learn about Red Wigglers for Children Worshop by Maury Joy
Cooking Demonstration by Leaping Lizard Cafe-Shore Drive
Face painting
Nature Walk
Building Tours
Food by Lucky Peach

Landscape for Life

October 10, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Events

Capture

9th Annual Candidates Forum

October 12, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

9th Annual Candidates Forum
Thursday, October 12th, 6:30 PM
Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road
Building Tour prior to the Forum at 5:15











Vote Nov 7




Virginia Beach has six Delegates who represent us in the House of Delegates in the General Assembly in Richmond.  All six are up for reelection this year and every incumbent is opposed.
 
Come to our 9th Annual Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 12th, at our newest Virginia Beach School, Old Donation School, on the corner of Independence and Honeygrove Rd in the Haygood area, to hear from all 12 candidates and decide who deserves your vote on November 7th.  Doors open at 6:00 and we will begin at 6:30.  Forum ends at 8:30.  
 
There will be a tour of the new building offered at 5:15.  It is a very sustainable building with many lessons for all of us.  It will make you wish you were back in school.  Please register ahead for the building tour at Dana@LRNow.org.

River Cleanup

October 14, 2017
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Events

Birchwood Malibu Park Cleanup
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Birchwood Malibu Park,
3632 Royal Palm Arch Virginia Beach, 23452

To register, please call 757-962-5398 or email Dana@LRNow.org. For more information, visit:
http://whitpeace.com/River/RCs/20171014_BirchwoodMalibuPark