The age old question: to bury or scoop dog poop?

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Hey Mr. Green!

Q: I live near beautiful Lake Tahoe. Increasingly, dog walkers are leaving behind their plastic bags, expecting the dog-doo fairy to spirit them away. Wouldn’t it be better to just carry a lightweight trowel and bury the stuff?

—Trudi in South Lake Tahoe, California

A: It’s not a good idea to bury dog waste. What’s the big deal? It’s a point source of pollution that can spell big trouble for soil and water quality, and even human health if it’s buried too close to vegetable gardens or waterways. Dog excrement contains nasty pathogens like Giardia, Salmonella, and E. coli,…

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