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Chesapeake Bay News

Jul
07
2011

Dog poop happens: Learn how to deal with it!

Walking my two high-spirited Boykin Spaniels, Rosebud and Daisy, has special meaning to me. I have become the self-appointed advocate for picking up pet waste in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Many call me the “queen of poop” (with a chuckle); it’s a title of distinction, as far as I’m concerned!  But you might wonder how I earned that title and why I think it is a good thing? (My parents certainly do!)

I encourage everybody to walk with their four-legged friends. It’s good for both your health and your dog’s. Many popular routes in Anne Arundel County now have pet waste stations to encourage you to pick up your dog’s poop. Picking up pet waste is critical to achieving a healthy Chesapeake Bay.  Pet waste can be carried by rainwater and groundwater to the Chesapeake Bay, where it becomes harmful pollution.

I developed an interactive web site called Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Pet Walks, which maps the locations of pet waste stations in the area. You can even visit the website from your mobile device while you’re out walking your dog to find the nearest pet waste station.

If you know of a pet waste station that isn’t included on the map, or if you’d like to learn how to set up a pet waste program in your community, please contact me at winterstime@aol.com.

Meanwhile, please take a walk with your dog today. And remember: POOP HAPPENS…Deal with it!

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About Julie Winters - Julie Winters works with the Environmental Protection Agency at the Chesapeake Bay Program. She is also an Anne Arundel County Master Watershed Steward. Through her role with this program, Julie helps raise awareness about the importance of picking up pet waste and helps promote pet waste stations throughout the county.


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