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Suffolk County Stormwater Management Program

Edward P. Romaine, County Executive

Department of Public Works

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Tips for a cleaner environment!

Pet Waste and Water Quality

Improperly disposed of and neglected pet waste may be washed into storm drains by rain or melting snow. Pet waste can be a significant source of water pollution because it contains nutrients, pathogens, and bacteria. High levels of pathogens and bacteria are the primary reason for shellfish bed and beach closures in Suffolk County.

Pick up after your pet

  • When walking your dog, always carry a pooper scooper or plastic bag to pick up pet waste. Place your hand in a plastic bag, pick up waste, then turn the bag inside out, seal and dispose of.
  • Properly dispose of pet waste by flushing it down toilet or putting it in trash. Look for pet waste receptacles at public parks and other public areas.
  • Diseases and parasites can be transmitted from pets to humans if pet waste is not disposed of properly.
  • Pet waste contains nutrients that promote algae growth that can result in poor water quality.
  • When washing your pet, use non-toxic and biodegradable pet shampoos. If you must bathe your pet outside, wash your pet on the lawn instead of on a paved driveway. Follow instructions and clean up any spills.

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