Dog Waste Stations

New dog waste stations tackle poo-lution.

UPDATED: JULY 2, 2021

The Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) has installed 23 dog waste stations at priority locations in county open space preserves. The waste stations are accompanied by informational signs for dog walkers, highlighting the importance of safe disposal of canine waste. The waste stations will help dog walkers safely enjoy the preserves, while mitigating the impact of dog waste along roads and trails, which can affect visitor experience, as well as pollute native habitats and watersheds.

Additional dog waste stations will be installed incrementally over time, with the next phase of installation expected to take place later in 2021. In most cases, these  new dog waste stations are replacing outdated receptacles that have outlived their lifespan.

Background

An estimated 60,000 dogs reside in Marin County. Many of these companion canines enjoy being exercised in County preserves, alongside human guardians. But research has shown that dog waste can damage native habitats, by spreading E. coli and giardia, and adding nitrogen that fuels algae blooms in waterways. To support safe use by canines, the Parks team worked to find the most durable and easy-to-use waste stations. The team also developed a communications strategy to encourage use of the stations.