Stormdrains do not connect to treatment facilities, untreated animal feces often end up in lakes and streams, causing significant water pollution.
Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen and sometimes releases ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia can damage the health of fish and other aquatic life. Pet waste carries bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can threaten the health of humans and wildlife. Pet waste also contains nutrients that promote weed and algae growth (eutrophication). Cloudy and green, Eutrophic water makes swimming and recreation unappealing or even unhealthy.
The City of Miami is installing 7 Doggie Waste Stations in three different locations at this time. One will be located at Rotary Park, Two are being installed in the M St. Walking Park and Four will find a home within Riverview Park. Each station has graphics explaining how to properly use the waste bags provided in the station. It shows how to tie off the bag and discard it at a near by trash cart or dumpster.
Pet waste management results in cleaner neighborhoods, with improved aesthetics and better water quality. Reducing pet waste reduces an important source of water-polluting nutrients.