Pet waste can be picked up by snow melt or rain as it travels into the street gutter and down the storm drain, carrying with it bacteria and other harmful materials into our creeks and streams.
The dog population in the Saint Peter area is estimated to be 710 animals, creating nearly 355 pounds of solid waste every day. Even though you can't see it, the fecal coliform contained in pet waste can have a cumulative affect with hundreds if not thousands of people sending their pet waste into the stormwater.
Stormwater is not treated, so this material flows directly into our creeks and river, where our children play, swim, and fish. Disposing of pet waste properly is key to keeping our creeks and river safe.