The Public Participation Program strives to implement an effective reduction in stormwater pollution by coordinating participation, partnership & combined efforts of the entire community. The goal of Public Participation is to help spread the message of preventing stormwater pollution through public involvement, group activities & volunteer community actions that highlight protecting local water resources.
To celebrate how much people love their dogs and in order to do something fun and educational during COVID, we held a Doggie Doo Photo Contest on social media to engage residents in the community. The focus was on dog waste and storm drain pollution. Dog owners were requested to submit a photo of their dog and tell us how they prevent dog waste from entering storm drains.
Meet Onyx-The Contest Winner!
“Onyx is a year and a half old. He just came back from visiting 6 national parks and joining the BARK Ranger program. The way we help keep our city storm drains free from dog poop is by picking up after Onyx daily. We live in an apartment and do not have a backyard. We do our best to keep his waste off the ground and put it into the trash. We cherish our community and want to help in anyway we can. We always have biodegradable doggie bags ready on his leash so we never forget to pick up after him.” L. Roman
By marking the storm drain inlets with the below message it reminds us that our actions on land have a connection to water. The groundwater in Marina can be harmed by motor oil, antifreeze, trash, chemicals, detergents, pet waste, fertilizers, and pesticides that are left on the ground or that get washed into the storm drains. The storm drains in Marina lead to percolation ponds where pollutants can leech into the groundwater. Trash from beaches can become marine debris which can kill endangered sea animals. Plastic bags floating in the ocean are mistaken for jellyfish and ingested by sea turtles, dolphins, and even whales which can kill them.
The pet poo emblems in local parks reminds dog owners to please pick up after their dog and dispose of the waste in a garbage can. Dog waste left on the ground can contaminate groundwater.