PRESS RELEASE. San Mateo County Office of Sustainability and Resource Conservation District team up.
Pet waste is like raw sewage.
It contains fecal coliform bacteria and other disease-causing organisms such as salmonella, roundworms and giardia.
When it rains, bacteria and organisms in pet waste are carried by runoff to storm drains and creeks that flow to the beach and ocean.
High quantities of these bacteria and organisms contaminate water used by swimmers, surfers, boaters, and sea life.
Testing of Coastside creeks and beaches during storms has indicated high levels of bacteria.