Pet Waste

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Dogs in Eden Prairie produce up to 4 tons of waste each day. Unfortunately, pet waste left on the ground washes into storm drains and waterways, exposing humans, pets and wildlife to harmful bacteria and other contaminants.

DogWhat is the City’s policy on pet waste?
Eden Prairie’s City Code states that pet owners cannot leave waste on public or private property without permission from the owner. While it is not illegal to leave pet waste in your own yard, the City asks that you pick up after your pooch to reduce the movement of bacteria into water or into areas where it can be stepped on.

How does pet waste in my yard pollute water?
When pet waste is left on a lawn and is later rained on, it leaches bacteria, viruses and parasites (such as worms and giardia) into stormwater, which can threaten the health of humans and animals. Pet waste also contains nutrients that promote weed and algae growth in lakes and rivers. This is the same as when too much fertilizer is used – it turns waterbodies into a mucky, green color. Picking up dog waste helps keep our recreation areas clean, safe and beautiful.

What about all the other animals?
It is true that squirrels, geese and other wildlife also contribute to water pollution. However, these animals tend to spread out waste across the landscape, whereas dog waste tends to be concentrated in yards, pens and along sidewalks or paths. Cats usually bury their waste, so it does not get into waterways as easily.

How do I properly dispose of pet waste?
When nature calls, the best option is to flush pet waste down the toilet where it will be treated at the sewage treatment plant just like human waste. You can always just pick it up in a plastic bag and throw it in the garbage.

Need help managing pet waste?
There are many pet waste removal services available which can be found by searching online. For more information, contact the City's environmental coordinator.