Did you know that over 36% of people in the United States own dogs? Think about all the poop those dogs produce! Unfortunately, much of that waste is never picked up and as a result, it winds up in our waterways with its many pathogens that are dangerous to humans and our waterways. Shellfish can be unsafe to consume for periods of time because of stormwater runoff that contains pet waste. Just one gram of waste contains over 20 million fecal coliform bacteria, nearly twice as much as human waste.

Fear not, though, because you can help! By always picking up your pet’s waste, you can reduce stormwater runoff pollution. Also, make sure to properly dispose waste by picking it up, bagging it and discarding in the trash. Some of our local parks and neighborhoods also have pet waste bag dispenses to help if you are out walking your furry friend.

Managing Stormwater

Did You Know? Despite the gloom and doom, you CAN help manage stormwater! Stormwater management begins in your yard or at your business. Check out how to get started.

Protecting Hood Canal's Shellfish

Did You Know? Significant amounts of stormwater can increase the risk of flooding, and once polluted, can severely impact Hood Canal's shellfish and salmon, as well as our drinking water.

Pollutants in Hood Canal

Did You Know? Over 50,000 pounds of pollutants on average are released into the Puget Sound and Hood Canal Ecosystem every day, including oils, metals and more. (Washington State Department of Ecology (2011b). Toxics in Runoff to Puget Sound. Phase 3 Data Loads and Estimates. April 2011

Rain in Puget Sound

Did You Know? Most of Puget Sound and Hood Canal receive over 40 inches of rain each year. Just an inch of rain over a 1-acre acre equates to over 27,000 gallons of water! That's a lot of stormwater runoff.