You often see dog waste left behind up and down the trail. It’s unsightly, creates a bad smell for everyone, and can harm water quality and native plants.

Many people may not know it, but bacteria, nitrogen and phosphorous in dog waste can:

  • Enter waterways and storm drains when it rains or when snowmelt runs across the path.
  • Deplete oxygen in water and help encourage algal blooms.
  • Cause chemical changes in soil composition that can kill native plants and encourage noxious weed infestation.

The City of Boulder invites dog guardians to enjoy city open space and parks with their furry friends and always pick up after them. “DOO It” for our shared lands and for your wallet. Leaving dog waste on or near the trail – even temporarily – is prohibited and can lead to a citation and a $100 fine.

Boulder staff were be at city trailheads and parks on Sunday, May 1 as part of the city’s “Let’s DOO It” campaign, which reminds visitors of their responsibility to keep our shared public lands clear of dog waste. During the event, participants:

  • Received some fun dog swag – including a “Let’s DOO It” bandana for your furry friend.
  • Took the “Let’s DOO It” pledge to BAG IT, PACK IT and CAN IT. Immediately BAG your dog’s DOO. If a waste can is not immediately within reach, PACK IT, carry it with you and then CAN IT in a pet waste composting or waste receptacle.

When visiting city open space and parks, don’t forget to:

  • Carry extra poop bags with you at all times. Sealable bags can reduce the smell.
  • Put your dog’s poop in compostable bags and put them in compost receptacles -- available at some open space trailheads.
  • If you’re bringing dog poop home with you, it must go in the trash. Never put dog poop in your curbside compost bin!