Full course description
Unmanaged pet waste, specifically dog waste, can have a significant impact on nitrogen, phosphorus and bacterial loads in local waterways. Pet waste also contains a multitude of pathogens that can impact the health of humans and other animals. This course is designed for municipalities and other communities that are considering implementing pet waste management programs. It explores the connections between pet waste, water quality and human health, and explains how implementing a pet waste management program can help meet water quality goals and permit requirements. The fast track and comprehensive approaches to pet waste management are introduced as well as how to determine which approach is the best fit for your community. Lastly, the course breaks down the similarities and differences between the two approaches, focusing on the specific requirements and pros/cons of each.
Module 1: The Scoop on Poop (12 min)
Module 2: Pet Waste and Permits (27 min)
Module 3: Developing a Pet Waste Management Plan (20 min)
Module 4: The Fast Track Approach (24 min)
Module 5: The Comprehensive Approach (37 min)
This MOST Center course was developed by the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland.
Course Notice: Non-credit courses and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) do not post to the University of Maryland transcript and do not count towards a student's academic record. Neither a grade nor credit is earned. Students do not receive a University ID card and will not be granted access to University facilities such as recreation, transportation, and campus events. Non-credit students may access UMD Libraries as Visitors; see https://www.lib.umd.edu/about/visitors.
This is an Office of Extended Studies (OES) administered course.