Dog waste is a serious issue on hiking trails everywhere, not just the Coachella Valley. In past summer seasons, Yuba River hikers picked up 1,778 piles of dog poop! So this past summer land trusts in the Sierra foothills teamed up to increase community awareness by launching a sign-making contest for local kids that conveyed the message of “picking up your dog’s poop.”
At the end of the summer, a panel of judges reviewed the submissions and selected the sign shown here, created by Zoe Murkovich, age nine. The chosen image will appear on signs posted at trailheads throughout Yuba River communities. Don’t you think this would be a great idea here in Palm Desert?
Did you know?
- There are 78.2 million dogs currently living in the USA;
- Collectively depositing 30,000 tons of waste every day;
- Two or three days worth of waste droppings from a population of about 100 dogs can contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay and all watershed areas within twenty miles to swimming and shell fishing!