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Making Pet Waste Management Work for Your Water Quality Goals is a Course

Making Pet Waste Management Work for Your Water Quality Goals

Started May 6, 2020

$25 Enroll

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.

Course Outline

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)

Course Developers

                          MOST Center

This MOST Center course was developed by the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland.


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Release Date:
May 2020
2 hours
Eligible for:
Certificate of Completion
Includes but not limited to: municipalities, elected officials, homeowners’ associations, and other communities interested in pet waste management.
How to Enroll:


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

This is an Office of Extended Studies (OES) administered course.