Canines For Clean Water Poo-llution Prevention Program
A Stormwater Poo-llution Prevention Program for Dogs and Dog Owners who Care about Clean Water and reside in Spokane County!
SPOKANE COUNTY RESIDENTS, take the Canines for Clean Water pledge to pick up after your pet and receive a FREE bandana!
Just enter your contact information on our website or call us. AND...Send us a photo of your "Canine for Clean Water" wearing the bandana. We'll post the picture on the web in our Canines For Clean Water Gallery!!!
Download the Canines For Clean Water Flyer
How You Can Help Prevent Poo-llution...
Let's talk about poop. No, really...Let's talk about poop! Does your family own a dog? You probably even know lots of people with dogs. Now what do you think happens to all of the dog waste our pets leave behind?
When pet waste is left on the ground, especially near streets and sidewalks, rain, snowmelt, and your sprinklers wash it into storm drains and drainage ditches! This water, called runoff, generally does not get piped to the local wastewater plant to get cleaned or treated. So where does the runoff go, you ask?
Most often, it collects in underground wells to seep down to the aquifer. Otherwise, it flows directly to our streams, rivers, and lakes. Who wants to drink, or swim and fish in that?! Yuck!
Don't worry, though, nobody has to give up their pooch. Pet owners can improve water quality simply by picking up after their pets and throwing the waste away in the trash!
Did You Know?
Pet waste is full of bacteria, parasites, and viruses that can make wildlife and people sick! One average-size dog dropping contains 3 billion coliform bacteria. Multiply that by the fact that 40% of households have a dog, and you can see how the poo-llution really "piles" up!
Some Tips to Remember...
- Scoop up after your pet and dispose of the waste properly - in a trash can or toilet. Don't bury it or compost it.
- Keep your pet on a leash and on trails in natural areas.
- Remain within off leash areas when off leash.
- Encourage your friends and family to do the same!
Canines For Clean Water is Sponsored By:
Spokane County Stormwater Utility, a Section of
Public Works - Division of Engineering & Roads
1026 W. Broadway, 2nd Floor
Spokane, WA 99260-7284
Phone: (509) 477-3600
Fax: (509) 477-7655
About Our Mascot
Hans is a Bernese Mountain Dog (Berner Sennenhund or "Berner"). His ancestors were working dogs on farms in Switzerland and were often used to pull small carts or wagons. Like most other Berners, Hans is affectionate, loyal, and loving.
He loves to tag along when his master conducts business at the County Courthouse campus. Hans lives near the Price and Wall stormwater facility and enjoys the walking paths.
A big charmer, Hans impresses everyone with his big grin and warm heart. He's a real love sponge!