Update on Edmonds

Yep, I’m talking about pet waste. Dog poop. Cat feces. We’ve all come across it, at one time or another. On the sidewalk, at the beach, in our gardens, on our SHOES! Just think - there are approximately 160,000 dogs in Snohomish County, and they produce the same amount of waste as about 40,000 people (the population of Edmonds).

drain copySo each time it rains, any pet waste left on the sidewalk or at the park is picked up by stormwater and washed into storm drains. It then goes into our storm drains, and is eventually discharged, untreated, to our creeks, Lake Ballinger, or Puget Sound. Remember, pet waste is raw sewage and contains harmful organisms that can make humans sick. Pet waste is one of the leading causes of surface water contamination.

In addition, it’s a violation of Edmonds City Code to leave your pet’s waste in public areas. Chapter 5.05.070 Public Safety/Animal Control specifies that it is unlawful for animal owners to allow their pets to deposit waste in public areas, unless that waste is picked up immediately. Additionally, pet owners need to be prepared to pick up any pet waste that might get deposited – bring your bags! Once it’s picked up, throw the poop in the trash. And don’t forget to wash your hands.

dogHere are some traditional disposal methods that are less effective in keeping pet waste out of our surface waters:

• Flushing – this method of pet waste disposal is less practical (picture yourself carrying a bag, or better yet a shovel, of pet waste into your bathroom).

• Composting – yard waste bins don’t get hot enough to kill harmful bacteria, and this creates contaminated compost. Save the biodegradable bags for your food waste, and use recycled plastic bags!

• Burying – some pathogens from pet waste can last up to 4 years in soil, which can result in contaminated backyards and streams.

When you’re walking your pet around town, head out to one of the 8 locations in Edmonds where pet waste bags are supplied by our Parks Department (see below). Or go the Off-Leash Area Edmonds (managed by volunteers – www.olae.org) at Marina Beach Park.

scoopLocations of pet waste bag dispensers in City of Edmonds Parks

• Sunset Avenue (between Bell St and Caspers St) - 1 dispenser at each end of Sunset Avenue N.

• Edmonds City Park (600 3rd Ave S) - 1 dispenser at trail entrance to southeast wooded area.

• Yost Park (9535 Bowdoin Way) - 1 dispenser in upper parking lot near playground and 1 near pool service road/inner trail access.

• Pine Ridge Park (20330 83rd Ave W) - 1 dispenser near north parking lot at gate/trail access.

• Hickman Park (23700 104th Ave W) - 1 dispenser in SE corner of park.

• Mini Park (131 Sunset Ave) - 1 dispenser on north edge of park just off sidewalk.

•Hutt Park (92nd Ave and 187th Ave SW) - 1 dispenser near south entrance off 187th.

•7th & Elm Park - 1 dispenser in center of park near road.

Remember, pets don’t have thumbs, so they need us to pick up after them!!

Questions or comments? Contact Mike Cawrse, City of Edmonds Stormwater Technician, at (425) 771-0220 x1322 or michael.cawrse@edmondswa.gov.

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