Shorewood residents love their dogs! They're so cute, funny and cuddly and they definitely become part of the family. It's a good thing they are so darn cute because its up to us to handle their waste - a not so fun part of the deal.
You may say, "just leave it, it will decompose". Actually THIS IS NOT the way to handle dog waste in your yard and along sidewalks, in other people's yards and in our parks. Here's why:
- It takes months for poop to decompose and in the meantime people and dogs step in those brown, smelly bombs and track them indoors. Yuck!
- When it rains the rain washes poo residue into sewers and into the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan. NO, we DON'T want poopy stormwater in our waters, especially since rivers flow into Lake Michigan where we get our drinking water. Dog waste, like human waste, poses a risk to public health and water quality. Double yuck!