Mutts for Clean Water 2019 Photo Contest - Morro Bay National Estuary Program
Why enter the Mutts for Clean Water Photo Contest?
You pick up after your dog day after day, keeping poop off the ground and out of our bay. Now, share a photo that shows your dog and evidence of your poop-pickup work for a chance to win some doggone-awesome prizes!
Other benefits of entering the contest include:
Mutts for Clean Water Contest Rules and Timeline
Hello fellow Hoomans! Here’s how to enter the photo contest:
How to enter on Facebook
How to enter on Instagram
We will choose three contest winners, with one in each size category. Winners will be announced on Friday, July 26th.
Help your friends and family members keep our waters clean
Know someone who doesn’t pick up after their furry friends? Here are some facts you can share to help them get with the poop-scoop program and keep bacteria out of our bay.
These parasites and diseases can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea—yuck! The eggs of these parasites can stick to grass and other plants. When people touch those plants and then eat without washing their hands, they ingest the eggs, and infect themselves with the parasite. Kids, especially young kids who put their hands in their mouths, are especially at risk of infection.
Dog poop pollutes
When dog poop is left out, it can easily wash into our waterways, polluting nearby creeks, rivers, and our ocean. This adds bacteria to the water and makes it unsafe for people to wade, swim, or fish in the water because they might get sick from the bacteria in the infected poop.
These bacteria and parasites can also affect wildlife, as can the introduction of too much nitrogen. For example, dog poop contains a lot of nitrogen and, when it enters a body of water, it can cause an algae bloom. Algae takes a lot of oxygen from the water, leaving little oxygen left for other plants and animals. This can cause aquatic lifeforms that depend on oxygen to suffocate and die.
Help our bay and wildlife by picking up the poop, every stinkin’ time!
Morro Bay National Estuary Program brings together citizens, local governments, non-profits, agencies, and landowners to protect and restore the Morro Bay estuary.
Protecting and Restoring the Morro Bay Estuary.