NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- To some, its basic cleanliness and consideration, but for others, picking up after our dogs, is also a means of protecting the environment.
Here at New Mark Middle School in North Kansas City, Angela Merrenbloom's sixth grade science students have studied the past quarter studying pet waste, and specifically, how it affects the quality of our water. During these past few weeks, they've been proving data that failure to clean up after our dogs can make a mess of streams and creeks.
Most of the data Merrenbloom uses came from the Blue River Watershed Association; an agency that says rain water melts the dog waste and the bacteria eventually ends up in our water.
“Long term, the impact is the spread of disease. As that spreads, the population decreases as they are unable to reproduce decreases,” said Merrenbloom.
Merrenbloom reminds her students our public drinking water is treated before it reaches the sink, but that doesn't protect animal life from contamination.
“It kills our animals. It will lower our sources of food. Then, we'll start running into problems because the price of everything will go up double or triple maybe,” said Trinity Perry, one of Merrenbloom’s sixth grade students.
Merrenbloom's students have even asked the North Kansas City's mayor's office if it's against the law to leave dog waste in a public place. If it's found there is no ordinance forbidding it, the students may take action and petition for change.