Dog Waste Stations

New dog waste stations tackle poo-lution.

UPDATED: JANUARY 15, 2021

Overview

The Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) is installing dog waste stations at 18 priority locations in 10 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.

Dog waste stations will be installed across open space preserves incrementally over time, beginning with the first 18 in January 2021. In most cases, the new dog waste stations will replace outdated receptacles that have outlived their lifespan.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.