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Dog poop: The pollution and the solution
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by Tai Moses
The Parks and Recreation Department has wisely enlisted dog owners to help solve a couple of problems created, in part, by dog owners: dog poop and off-leash dogs. The new public education program Bark Rangers helps raise awareness about these issues by certifying dog owners to be responsible canine guardians in a fun, hourlong workshop that comes with cool outdoor gear. The Bark Rangers educational initiative Leave No Trace educates dog-owning Austinites on the importance of scooping poop. It’s not just a yucky smell on the bottom of your shoe: Dog poop is full of harmful bacteria that is toxic to humans, wildlife, and birds. Dog poop does not biodegrade the way wild animal poop does, and rain only drives it deeper into the soil, polluting the groundwater. Dogs and their people who complete the free program receive an honorary Bark Ranger bandanna, free snacks and a Bark Ranger badge for those who decide to join the Bark Rangers Service Team. The workshop is limited to 12 leashed dogs at a time. Other topics covered are trail safety, first aid and park stewardship for pet owners. 2-3 p.m., Sept. 14 at Onion Creek; Sept. 29 at Zilker Ranger Station. To register, email email@example.com.