The city of Harrisonburg hopes to remove 30,000 bags of pet waste annually. The biggest pollution factors in the city are animal waste and sediment. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is offering a $145,000 grant to help.
"It's excellent," says Chris Pipkins. "I mean it's perfect because you want to keep it clean and you need a backup if you don't bring your own. So I kind of like it, they're a good thing to have."
Chris Pipkins brings his 9-year-old dog, Guiness, to Purcell Park in Harrisonburg three times a week for a walk. He says the doggy-stations already in place are great in case he forgets to bring a trash bag with him. Part of the grant would allow for 10 more of the stations to be put up in area parks.
"People think that they don't live next to the stream so they're not impacting it but, water flows downhill," says Benjamin Earman of City Public Works. "If you're a mile away from the stream, something in your yard is eventually going to reach the stream."
Earman says a big part of keeping the water clean is keeping local parks clean. He says even with the stations in place and new ones possibly on the way you should always be prepared.
"well, you know if he goes more than once, I only expect once, if he surprises me, if he had meatloaf for dinner, it gets kinda bad," says Pipkins.
For the city to receive the grant, it must match the money.