Pet waste makes quite an ugly sight, especially in spring as the snow melts. More importantly, pet waste is not a natural compost; it is a serious pollutant. City code requires the custodian of any dog to scoop poop from any property other than the owner’s immediately, and dispose of it in a sanitary manner.
Why is poop so bad? Pet waste contains bacteria and other parasites that end up in streams, rivers and lakes which can spread disease. Pet waste also fosters weed and algae growth.
This is a big problem in Bloomington. Both Nine Mile Creek and Purgatory Creek have been included on Minnesota’s impaired waters list for E-coli. People can get sick when swimming, boating or wading in contaminated water.
Everyone with a pet can help. Just remember to bring pet waste baggies when you walk your dog. Spread the word. Together, we can keep Bloomington clean!