We thought it was harmless…

We were wrong! Every day, more than 13 TONS of dog waste doesn’t get properly disposed of in Lee County. That’s just scary!

The Monster we’ve unwittingly created in our waterways has many origins…including the undisposed waste of our beloved pets. It damages water quality and causes a host of other issues. Collecting your dog’s waste takes seconds, but helps preserve our water quality in a way that’s second to none. With many pet parks and walking areas providing bags for its proper disposal, there is no reason not to.

So please…Do your Duty, Pick up the Doodie.


A monster lurks in our waters

Clean water is vital to every aspect of our lives: our health, economy, recreation, and our environment. But our clean water is spoiled by pet waste that is not picked up. In Lee County alone, tons of pet waste is left on the ground each day. This accumulated waste ends up in our waterways.

Pet waste carries all kinds of illness-causing pathogens. A half pound of dog waste can contain 5 billion fecal coliform bacteria. It can spread parasites such as hookworms, tapeworms, and ringworms. It can even contain parvovirus, a highly contagious and dangerous disease in dogs. 

The high nitrogen and phosphorous content of pet waste also feeds algae, creating noxious algae blooms that sap oxygen from our waters and kill the creatures living in it.

How to start doing your duty:

Regularly collect your pet’s waste in your yard

Don’t let it sit for more than a couple days. Your lawn will thank you, too, as pet waste often will kill the grass where it was located.

Monitor your dog’s waste in public places

Don’t simply allow your pet to go ‘do its business’ in public without picking it up.


Do Your Duty Resources

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One Monster. Several Heads.

The Monster we’ve unwittingly created in our waterways has many sources. The Lee County Department of Natural Resources currently has initiatives aimed at reducing two of them… unremoved pet waste and over fertilization. Both are well within our control to change. So learn all you can and do even more.

Media Inquiry
Betsy Clayton
Lee County Communications Director