April Stools' Day
Stay tuned for more 2019 event details!
LCC and community organizations are teaming up on clean-up events in Burlington, Chazy, Montpelier, Plattsburgh, St. Albans, South Burlington, Williston and other locations around the watershed. Check back for further details soon. Contact LCC ECO AmeriCorps Education & Outreach Coordinator Laura Pratt if you'd like to help organize an April Stools' Day event in your town or neighborhood.
Yes, dog doo is gross! Especially if you step in it. What's worse is that pet poop left behind on trails and in our parks enters streams, rivers and Lake Champlain which nearly 200,000 people rely on for their drinking water.
LCC doggedly urges citizens to take action by lending a hand at April Stools' and Scoop the Poop days to clean up parks and trails and protect waterways!
Gloves, bags, trowels, pails, and hand sanitizer will be provided. We’ll be picking up pet poop and any litter we find along the way.
If you can't make a clean-up. . .
If a clean-up isn't scheduled nearby or you can't make the date you can still lend a hand. Whenever you have time, head out to your favorite park, trail or neighborhood with gloves, plastic bags and a sturdy trowel and help scoop the poop. Wear a safety vest if working near roadways. Pet poop should be deposited in the garbage along with any other trash you find during your outings.
The Scoop on Dog Poop
While most pet owners conscientiously pick up after their dogs, pets with irresponsible owners leave reminders all around for the rest of us to deal with. All those poop piles add up. In addition to making our recreation areas unsightly they can cause health and water quality problems. Pet waste carries nutrients that feed the growth of weeds and algae in the water. EPA estimates that two or three days' worth of droppings from just 100 dogs contributes enough bacteria to temporarily close a waterbody to swimming and fishing. Woof-waste doesn't make good fertilizer; it burns grass and leaves unsightly discoloring. Infected pet poop can carry the eggs of roundworms and other parasites (like cryptosporidium, giardia, and salmonella) which can linger in soil for years. Anyone gardening, playing sports, walking barefoot, or digging in the infected dirt, risks coming into contact with those eggs. Children are most susceptible since they often play in the dirt and put things in their mouths.