As a conservation organization, we got started on beach cleanups because we wanted to remove harmful debris from the beach. We were thinking mostly of the potential impacts of marine debris such as lost rope, fishing line, balloons, straws, bags, etc., that can entangle or choke wildlife.
Then, a few winters ago, we found ourselves dodging dog piles every few feet at one of our cleanups, and wanted to do something about dog waste. Why is dog waste bad?
- May carry diseases that are transmittable to humans
- Contains bacteria that can wash directly into the ocean after a snow or rainstorm.