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Pet Waste Management

Pet Waste and the Environment

Pet waste can be catastrophic to the local waterways. Excess nutrients and organic matter in pet waste can cause algae blooms that block sunlight, kill underwater vegetation, and foul up the surface water. Decaying pet waste uses up oxygen in the water which can kill massive amounts of fish, oysters, and other aquatic species at once.

Pet waste enters our waterways in several ways:

The most common method pet waste enters our waterways is through stormwater drains. It is important to know that The City of Titusville's stormwater drains:

So whether intentional or not, it is important not to let pet waste enter our stormdrains by making sure to pick up after our pets. Also, pet waste is not a suitable fertilizer and may actually harm your lawn in large enough quantities. 
 

Health Risks Possibly Associated with Pet Waste

Pet waste, just like human waste, contains numerous bacteria and viruses including fecal coliform bacteria. When left on the ground, pet waste negatively affects your health, your pet's health, and the health of the environment--especially the Indian River Lagoon. 
  
Pet waste carries parasites and diseases that can make water unsafe for swimming or drinking. Some examples of the infectious diseases carried by pest waste are:
Flies and other pest insects can grow in population when pet waste is disposed of improperly. This not only creates a nuisance, but also adds another path for disease transmission.
 
 bacteria
 

Bag it! Trash it!

The Bag It! Trash It!  program was created to increase awareness about the negative impacts of pet waste and encourage residents to pick up after their pets. The program makes waste disposal bags available to residents at conveniently located stations throughout the City and increases awareness of the impacts pet waste has on our environment.
          doggy bag dispenser      doggy bag dispenser


What Can I Do to Help?

The City of Titusville, in conjunction with Brevard County, the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD), the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have all spent significant resources studying and trying to improve the condition of the Indian River Lagoon. Do your part to make sure the City of Titusville continues to enjoy its beautiful, healthy, and diverse ecological resources.

If you have questions regarding other ways you can help keep our Lagoon free of pollutants, please contact the City of Titusville Natural Resources Department at (321) 567-3976 or via e-mail at eddy.galindo@titusville.com

 

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