Letters from Sheena

Dear Doggie pals,

I would like to talk to you today about a very important issue affecting our historic, natural waterway the Rappahannock River.

When your human buddy neglects to pick up your poop, it causes bacterial pollution to the River. On average a dog produces 254 lbs. of poop a year and according to the EPA 1 gram of poop can contain up to 23 million fecal coliform bacteria. This mean that 2,921,000 million fecal coliform from your poop can contaminate the nearby stream that you love to play in. YUCK!

When pet waste reaches our streams and the Rappahanock River, it can cause agal blooms which later become dead zones or areas of low oxygen that cannot support aquatic life. The Rappahannock River is currently listed as impaired for bacterial pollution from fecal coliform. Who wants to swim in that?

So you ask what can by human buddy do???

  • Dispose of pet waste is by putting it in the toilet or trash, never down a storm drain.
  • Composting is another method that your owner can use in your yard that is environmentally friendly and simple; just remember to keep it away from vegetable and garden compost. A pet waste compost is just a hole in the ground that is a foot deep. Place pet waste and dirt into the hole leaving 8 inches depth to cover pet waste with just dirt so you don't attract other critters to your yard.

I know poop stinks, but please remind your owners to pick up your poop. it makes for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River. If your owner has a hard time coming around to the idea of picking up your poop tell them its the law and failure to do so can result in a fine. Letting them step in it a time or two also helps with the really tough cases.

Thanks for doing your doodie to pretect the river!



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