When pet waste is improperly disposed of, it can be picked up by stormwater runoff and washed into storm drains then directly to the river without being treated. This causes a significant water pollution problem.
Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen and sometimes releases ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia can damage the health of fish and other aquatic life. Pet waste carries bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can threaten the health of humans and wildlife. Pet waste also contains nutrients that promote weed and algae growth. Cloudy and green water makes swimming and recreation unappealing or even unhealthy.
Also, in most parts of Sacramento County, including the incorporated cities, residents are required by ordinance or code to pick up after pets.
Why is it important to scoop the poop ?
Picking up after pets results in cleaner neighborhoods, with improved aesthetics and better water quality. Reducing pet waste reduces an important source of water-polluting nutrients.
Check with your local jurisdiction to see how you can help community members to remember to scoop the poop !