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

April 2019

Planting for Pollinators Workshop

April 2, 2019
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Join Trista Imrich of Wild Works of Whimsy Native Landscape Design as she teaches us how to "Plant for Pollinators". This 2-hour class is designed to give our local homeowners ideas and strategies to enhance the value to their landscape by helping to support our local pollinators, including bees, pollinating wasps, and butterflies.
****FREE****
To register email Terri@lrnow.org or call our office (757)962-5398


Bird Walk at Pleasure House Point

April 6, 2019
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Join us on Saturday, April 6 7:30-9:30am at Pleasure House Point, one 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! Free of charge. Email office@lrnow.org or call 757-962-5398 to register

Annual Oyster Roast

April 6, 2019
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Lynnhaven River NOW's Annual Oyster Roast


Saturday, April 6 at "THE VIEW" AT RUDEE INLET 416 Southside Road, Virginia Beach

Please Join us for our Annual Oyster Roast at a New Location in Virginia Beach. Yes! That's right. We are moving the same wonderful roast to a NEW LOCATION at Rudee Inlet. Enjoy Lynnhaven River aquacultured oysters, barbecue and beverages! Festivities include an oyster shucking contest, yard games, silent auction, live music and raffle prizes!Tickets are $75 per person. Enter our raffle to win your own oyster roast for 30 people ($10 each). We hope to see you there!

ORDER YOUR ONLINE TICKETS HERE: 

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/LynnhavenRiverNOW/Oysterroast-19-1.html

**Early Bird Special Prices for a LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Waterway Cleanup

April 13, 2019
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join volunteers and help clean up Virginia Beach Waterways. Cleanups are mostly kid-friendly. Results of Lynnhaven River Now’s cleanup efforts are available here. For additional information visit: Waterway Cleanups

 Old Moose Lodge, water-based with limited land access

To register to participate in a waterway cleanup please email office@lrnow.org or call (757) 962-5398

Advocacy Dinner at Croc's on 19th St

April 29, 2019
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Join us at Croc's 19th Street Bistro on Monday, April 29th, for dinner and conversation about environmental advocacy topics.

Seats are limited.  Please register today by emailing Office@LRNow.org or calling 757-962-6398.  Cost is $15 and includes your choice of dinner entree.

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