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August in Athens means slightly cooler temperatures, more people, and an increase in pets. We’d like to remind everyone with animals to be responsible neighbors and to pick up after your dogs. Not only is pet waste unsightly; fecal coliform, the main bacteria in animal waste, is one of the largest pollutants of Athens’ streams and rivers. When it rains, stormwater runoff travels along sidewalks and roads, picking up pollutants, such as pet waste, on its way to the storm drains. From there, it flows directly into our waterways. Once in the water, pet waste can:
- Kill aquatic life and disrupt stream habitats as it decays
- Contain bacteria and parasites which can make people sick
- Contain nutrients that plants use, leading to large algae growth (algae uses up oxygen necessary for animals and more beneficial plants to survive)
You can help stop poo-llution! Make sure to carry bags on every walk to properly dispose of your dog’s waste. Picking up after your dog helps keep you, your family, and our waterways healthy. Call ACC Stormwater at 706-613-3440 for more information or to request informational materials for your neighborhood, apartment complex, or local animal clinic.