Pet Waste Information

Why Is Picking Up Pet Waste Important?


Though it may seem funny to some, pet waste is certainly no laughing matter! Pet waste causes an assortment of environmental issues when it enters the Big Sioux River. Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen and also can release ammonia. Both low oxygen levels and ammonia can damage the health of fish and other aquatic life within our local waterways. Pet waste also carries a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can threaten the health of both wildlife and humans alike. Nutrients within pet waste promote weed and algae growth (eutrophication) if it finds its way into a body of water. Both cloudy and green, Eutrophic water makes swimming and recreation unappealing and even unhealthy.

What Can We Do?

Dog and Owner

Cleaning up after your pooch isn't just a courtesy for those walking behind you; it is also a healthy and environmentally sound thing to do. Pet waste can be a significant source of water pollution. When pet waste is not properly disposed of, it can be carried by rain or snow runoff directly into our local waterways or through our storm drainage system. Please follow these guidelines to ensure that we keep Sioux Falls and our local waterways clean!

  • Pick up after your pet every single time. Check with your pet store for products that make cleaning up easier.
  • Throw away pet waste in the garbage, never into the gutter or storm drain.
  • Carry extra bags in your car so you are always prepared when traveling with your pet.
  • Get involved in a pet-owners' group and help to remind others to pick up after their pets.