Pet Waste and Water Pollution

Pet Waste & Water Pollution
Posted on 10/26/2023
Proper Disposal of Pet Waste

Did you know . . . 

  • Pet waste is carried by rain, melting snow, and ice to storm drains that empty into rivers, lakes, and the ocean.  It also reaches reservoirs which supply much of the drinking water in New Jersey.
  • Pollution due to pet waste negatively impacts swimming , boating, and fishing in these water bodies.
  • Pet waste contains microorganisms that can cause bacterial diseases, roundworms and parasitic infections.
  • Pet waste contains harmful levels of nutrients which promote excessive algae and plant growth.  This can rob the waterbody oxygen, potentially killing all aquatic life in the area.  Such nutrient pollution also causes waters to become cloudy and green.  

For more information,  please download the flyer below:

Pet Waste - Stormwater.pdf