Dog Waste Stations:
Long Lake Waters is pleased to announce the donation of several "Dog Waste Stations" (or Poop Bag Dispensers) along East Long Lake Trail. The Stations will be maintained by the City of Long Lake.
Dog waste that isn’t cleaned up isn’t just a hazard for the bottom of your shoes—it is also a cause of pollution in creeks, rivers and lakes across the country. Dog waste contains nitrogen and phosphorus, which can deplete oxygen that fish and other water-based life need to survive, as well as encourage the growth of harmful algae. It is also considered a significant source of pathogens like fecal coliform, a disease-causing bacteria.
Pet waste is a significant, yet preventable, water pollutant. Waste Disposal stations can really help protect and improve water quality in the entire watershed because they limit harmful runoff that can contaminate nearby bodies of water. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that U.S. households included over 70 million dogs in 2007—that’s a lot of poop!
So, to encourage pet owners to pick up their dogs’ waste, Long Lake Waters and the City of Long Lake recently installed pet waste disposal systems along the lake.
Please use them to clean up after your four legged friends!