The effort to protect the river’s watershed begins with targeting dog poop
CARSON CITY, Nevada (KOLO) – A government agency is teaching the public about ways to have a healthier watershed and its first target is pet waste.
The Carson Water Subconservancy District has launched its “I Am the Carson Watershed” campaign. The first PSA is “Bag It,” which highlights the effects of animal waste on water quality.
The CWSD said the 16,000 dogs in the Carson River watershed produce about 12,000 pounds of poo per day.
“As we contemplate ways to better treat ourselves and our environment in the New Year, this PSA encourages us to be responsible stewards of our pets and our watershed by bagging them. animal waste and disposing of it properly, ”Brenda Hunt, CWSD Watershed program manager, said in a statement. “In addition to being disgusting to intervene, animal droppings contain pathogens and bacteria that pollute our rivers, lakes and streams. So be a good neighbor and pack it up!
Pollutants from pet waste can seep into groundwater and pollute waterways, making them unsafe for swimming and fishing, CWSD reported.
PSA campaign addresses other actions to reduce polluted runoff, such as opting for a car wash instead of washing cars at home, absorbing runoff on residential properties instead of sending it down the drain rain and limit the use of chemicals such as fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides.
There will be prizes for those who promote a healthy watershed. January winners will receive $ 100 pet store gift cards.
Upcoming prizes include free car washes, Carson Hot Springs passes, and annual passes to Nevada State Parks. For a chance to win, people watch the ads on social media, YouTube, or the I Am Carson Watershed website a lot, then fulfill the pledge online or add a photo or video of their personal moment in the section. Carson River Watershed reviews. The Facebook page. Or they can post their defining moments on Instagram using #mywatershedmoment. Comments should highlight steps people can take to promote a healthy Carson River watershed.
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