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Boone Town Council Tackles Poop Issue PDF Print
Written by Gary Childers   
Monday, 23 January 2012 06:41

"What is grosser than picking up your dog's poop?" That question was posed by Judith Phoenix, in her Thursday evening presentation to the Boone Town Council about the hazards of dog waste. She said, "Stepping in it, swimming in water with it, fishing from water than has it, or worse yet, drinking from water with dog poop in it." Phoenix illustrated her presentation with a poop scooper, and she went on with factual information about the potential dangers to human health posed by the waste left in public areas when dogs’ owners do not clean up after them, "Poop causes 20 to 30% of water pollution.  20 years ago the EPA classified pet waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic waste." The purpose of her presentation was to educate and ask Council to increase efforts to have dog owners clean up after their dogs in Boone’s parks and Greenway. She suggested more signage, more public education efforts, more availability of disposal bags and trash cans, and fines for repeat offenders. Randy McDonough, chair of the Greenway Committee, made the official request to Council to implement the suggestions. The Council authorized public works director, Blake Brown, to increase the availability of waste bags and trash receptacles and endorsed the suggestions for increased signage and educational efforts designed to increase dog owners’ awareness of their responsibilities for cleaning up after their pets. Chief of Police Dana Crawford said his department did not have enough officers to effectively patrol and enforce a fine system currently, but they did encourage the Greenway committee to develop a system of volunteers authorized as Greenway Park Rangers to help with this issue.


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