With approximately 8000 dogs in Lake Oswego, there is the potential for 337 tons of dog waste to be generated each year. While we love our canine friends, according to studies, about half of dog owners rarely or never pick up after their dogs. That means a lot of dog waste is finding its way into our waterways, because when it rains, dog waste gets washed down stormwater drains and into the nearest creek, river or lake.
This is bad for a variety of reasons:
- Dog waste contains high levels of nutrients that that contribute to toxic algal blooms and aquatic weeds in our waterways;
- Toxic blooms and weeds harm the freshwater organisms that keep our watersheds healthy;
- Dog waste can contain infectious roundworm eggs that can cause serious illnesses in humans.
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