There are approximately 7,000 dogs in the City of Roanoke, creating around 824,000 lbs of poop every year. That is enough to fill 34 dump truck loads or if you can image that is the same weight as one Boeing 747! That is a lot of bacteria that could be kept our of our streams! The City of Roanoke Stormwater Division along with the Parks and Recreation and Department are installing Mutt-Mitt stations around the city to make it convenient for pet owners to grab a bag and dispose of pet waste properly. We all want our waterways to be healthy and we certainly do not want to step in it, so please pick-up after your pet.
Roanoke Stormwater is also partnering with local businesses to provide better and accessible locations for Mutt-Mitts. Recently Garland Properties worked with Roanoke Stormwater to encourage local residents to keep the streets and sidewalks clean by cleaning up after their pet. They installed two Mutt-Mitt stations downtown and distributed portable pet waste dispensers to residents. Aaron Garland, owner of Garland Properties, states "living in a small city makes it easy to know and communicate with your neighbors, city workers, and elected officials, and to allow you to easily effect change and solve local problems. This is one of the things that makes Roanoke a great place to live."
How can Roanoke Stormwater encourage others in your area to "Scoop the Poop?" Having a neighborhood, PTA, or church meeting? Roanoke Stormwater would like to be part of your next meeting in continuing to help educate others on water quality issues. Email Roanoke Stormwater today and invite us to your next meeting. Be part of the solution not the pollution. Together, we can create a Clean Water Legacy!