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Dog Waste Stations Installed
When Man’s Best Friend has “Gotta Go?”
TITUSVILLE, FL - (September 12, 2011) – The new A. Max Brewer Bridge, which spans the Indian River in Titusville has been getting a lot of use since its completion this past spring. That usage is not just from cars, but from a host of walkers that trek up and down the bridge each day. Daily walkers include the four-legged variety accompanying their two-legged companions. Unfortunately, not all of the owners of these canine trekkers were picking up the waste that is left behind after these strolls. So, to make it easier for pet owners to pick up after the pets, the City of Titusville has provided four doggie waste stations to be installed on both the east and west sides of the bridge.
“We received a few complaints from walkers about dog waste left on the bridge,” explained Titusville’s City Manager Mark Ryan. “The bridge and in fact, the whole Sandpoint Park and river area is such an attractive asset for our residents and visitors to enjoy that we wanted to take care of this issue.”
Just last year at nearby Sandpoint Park in Titusville, the city installed four doggie waste stations complete with doggie bags and waste receptacles. According to Maureen Phillips, Titusville’s Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, the dog waste stations are part of the city’s Bag It! Trash It!
program initiated by Water Resources Conservation Program and Stormwater Utility. “We were planning to add two more stations to Sandpoint, as well as install stations at two stormwater retention ponds in the city later this month. So when this issue came up, we already had the stations ready to go.”
Phillips said that the Bag It! Trash It!
program educates pet owners about protecting the water quality in local waterways by encouraging them to pick up after their dogs. In addition to doggie waste stations, the Bag It! Trash It!
Program has provided Titusville pet owners with over 1,400 free waste disposal bags in convenient, refillable containers.
Featured on the Gotta Go? waste station signs is Winston, Phillips’ golden retriever. Winston who is known as Winston the Water Dog has been featured in several conservation campaigns. “Winston always brings a lot of attention to the conservation message,” added Sean Stauffer Titusville Interim Water Resources Director. “He is a great ambassador for our conservation program and the city.”