Scoop the Poop!

Scoop the Poop Day
Saturday, April 17
11 am to 3 pm
Connors Dog Park 
&
University Lake Dog Park
Tools, buckets, bags, and hand sanitizer will be provided.
Participants should follow Covid-19 health guidelines by wearing masks and social distancing.
Participants will be entered into a drawing for 6
$25 gift cards to Arctic Pups for dog & human gear.
We are also encouraging volunteers to clean up in locations of 
their choice any time between now and April 24.
Those submitting photos of their clean up will be entered into 
the Arctic Pups drawing for 2 $25 gift cards.
All photos must be received by April 24!
Please email to awc@anchoragecreeks.org with
STP photos for the subject.

Our goal

AWC believes that environmentally healthy watersheds are a vital part of the high quality of life that we enjoy in Anchorage, and that the beautiful creeks of Anchorage need a group specifically dedicated to advocating for their health and well-being. We strive to reduce fecal coliform counts in Anchorage waterways by encouraging the responsible pet ownership practice of picking up after pets. Since dog feces are known to be a contributor to the impairment of water quality in many Anchorage creeks, facilitating the Scoop the Poop Committee is an integral part of the AWC mission. We address this through education and outreach at events and in local schools AWC also organizes Scoop the Poop Day! every April, and we work to provide funding for pet waste stations throughout the Municipality. 

 

Why the concern?

Anchorage's Animal Care and Control estimates there are around 65,000 dogs currently residing in the Municipality. If we assume there is an average of 3/4 lb. of pet waste per dog daily,  that means about 48,750 lbs. or ~24 tons  are on the ground EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Where is it? 

In our yards, on sidewalks and trails, in dog parks, and elsewhere.  Stormwater (precipitation and yard runoff) carries it along until it reaches a storm drain which then runs UNTREATED into local creeks and lakes! The result is that all the urban waterways in the Anchorage "Bowl" are impaired by fecal coliform which can make humans and even their pets sick. 

How do we fix this?

It's easy!  ALWAYS clean up after your pet. Remember to carry a plastic bag when you're out with your dog, pick up after it, and dispose of it properly. Carry an extra bag to offer other pet owners if they need one.  Keep pet waste picked up in your yard. Finally, get your kids involved. It's that simple! 
 

Scoop the Poop Day at Connors Dog Park