Photo by Jana Bounds

GETTING the poop GONE

COMMUNITY WIDE EFFORT TO PROTECT THE WATERSHED CONTINUES WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING

Just as poo hits the fan with COVID-19, dog excrement is surfacing due to snowmelt across the community. 

Fortunately, there is an easy fix for the dog poop. Volunteers are being rallied for dog-waste cleanup thanks to the Gallatin River Task Force (GRTF), Big Sky Community Organization (BSCO) and Town Center. Organizers say this effort is important for the watershed. “Excess dog waste can pollute our sensitive water resources, contaminating surface and groundwater,” it said on the GRTF website. “By picking up after our dogs, we can do our part to protect our beloved Gallatin while still enjoying local trail systems with our canine companions.” This is one of the rare opportunities in life after where poop can lead to a prize – there will be prizes for participants who collect the most poop. In order to encourage social distancing there will be a social media component in which participants can take photos and tag the group using #doodiecalls and #runoffcleanoff.

Supplies will be provided at the BSCO shed located at the Community Park, where staff will be available to sanitize scoopers and buckets as well as collect bags. The effort begins at 3 p.m. Friday, April 24 and ends Sunday, April 26. “We look forward to the day when we can gather in groups and safeguard the river together, but for now we’re excited for the new format and the potential for citizen engagement,” the GRTF website said. Any questions can be directed to headwaters@gallatinrivertaskforce.org

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