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News: The scoop on poop: As dog waste is uncovered by spring thaw, environmental and health effects are pondered

Posted Jun 03 2009 12:22am

From the Tahoe Daily Tribune...

The scoop on poop: As dog waste is uncovered by spring thaw, environmental and health effects are pondered

Sara Thompson and Kyle Magin/ North Lake Tahoe Bonanza March 22, 2008

On a sunny spring day, one would expect those strolling along the Nevada trail off Kahle Drive to be looking around at the beautiful Tahoe scenery. Instead, walkers stare down at the ground - to avoid stepping in the plentiful dog waste.

"There should be plastic baggies to pick it up," said Steve Baker, who walks his dog Nikita at the trail three times a week. Baker said he knows funding is an issue for receptacles, but one should be at the Nevada trail head.

In the Tahoe Keys area, the Cove East trailhead supplies "mutt mitts" - plastic bags shaped specifically for cleaning up dog waste.

An estimated 15,000 dogs live in the Lake Tahoe Basin, causing a cumulative effect on the ecosystem, said Shawn Butler, California Tahoe Conservancy urban land management program coordinator.

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