The best and easiest way to reduce the effects of pollution is to not pollute in the first place. The bacteria in pet waste can be harmful for aquatic wildlife and humans if it is washed into streams by stormwater flows. In order to prevent pollution from washing into our local streams, the Appoquinimink River Association (ARA), Department of Transportation (DelDOT), and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) led a demonstration installation of pet waste collection stations (called Dogipots) in the communities of southern New Castle County including the Town of Townsend, Town of Middletown and Town of Odessa.
Another great project to support pet waste education in southern New Castle County is the dispersal of “Bags on Board” pet waste bag holders that can clip on your dog’s leash for easy access when walking! The ARA, DelDOT and DNREC have distributed these holders throughout New Castle County with the slogan “No Pile Left Behind” and included educational tip cards.
Holders have found their ways into the hands of dog owners through mailed packets, at events and through many partners. Several southern New Castle County veterinarians, doggie day cares and statewide shelters including the Delaware Humane Association have assisted in getting the word out! The Delaware Humane Association has been a great partner in the bacteria pollution battle by handing out thousands of packets throughout the past years to adopters, visitors and friends of the shelter.
For more information about why we should care about cleaning up after our pets check out our tip card and caring about pet waste flyer. Download this flyer for more information about why we should care about cleaning up after our pets.