February holds several dog and cat designations: Dog Education Month, National Cat Health Month, Pet Dental Health Month and Responsible Pet Owners Month.
Part of good pet care is properly disposing of their waste. Pet waste is a leading source of both nutrient and bacteria pollution to urban streams and waterways. Feces carry concentrations of nitrogen, phosphorus and pathogens like Salmonella, E. Coli, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium.
Pet waste pathogens threaten the safety garden grown food and drinking water supplies and can lead to severe intestinal diseases in humans when ingested.
Avoid expose family and friends by picking up and properly disposing pet waste. Pet waste be collected then either flushed or sacked and placed in the trash.
We celebrate U.S. rivers and their benefits throughout June. – Like the Missouri River, the country’s longest at 2,500 miles – the Mississippi River, the widest, 11 miles across at one point in Minnesota. – and Nebraska’s 79,056 miles of river
One out of every three people gets their drinking water from a river or stream in the United States. And nationally we spend about $97 billion annually on river-related recreation and tourism.
Drinking water and recreation are two reasons to protect water quality by picking up after your pet, using fertilizers sparingly, and properly disposing of trash.
Wilson, the innovative giant ocean garbage collector by The Ocean Cleanup, set sail September 2018. Click here to view an update on the project.
Remember, despite Wilson’s efforts, the best way to remove plastic from water is to prevent it from entering waterways in the first place. Avoid single use plastics when possible and properly recycle or dispose of plastics that must be used.