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Moores Creek TMDL Pet Waste Initiative. The Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership. Albemarle County Albemarle County Public Schools Albemarle County Service Authority City of Charlottesville Piedmont Virginia Community College.

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The Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership

Albemarle County

Albemarle County Public Schools

Albemarle County Service Authority

City of Charlottesville

Piedmont Virginia Community College

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The Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership

Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority

University of Virginia

Virginia Department of Transportation

Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District

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Moores Creek TMDL
  • 1998 placed on DEQ’s impaired waters list
    • Unsafe for fishing and swimming due to high levels of fecal coliform bacteria
  • 2011 RRBC received grant from DCR to fund programs to reduce bacteria in creek
    • Pet waste education
    • Pet waste composter cost-share
    • Dog park methane digester
    • Septic repair and pump out cost-share
    • Agricultural BMP cost-share
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Flyer

For posting in local pet stores, grooming salons, veterinarian offices, etc.

Talking points:

  • Pet waste is a health risk to pets and people
    • bacteria and parasites
  • Pet waste left outside can wash into streams and lakes
    • Makes water unsafe for swimming and wading
  • Moores Creek contains harmful levels of E. coli
    • Picking up after pets makes water cleaner and safer
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Flyer
    • Dispose of pet waste properly
    • Trash
    • Toilet
    • Composter
  • 50% cost share for a pet waste composter offered to residents in Moores Creek Watershed
  • Also available to other pet owners in Charlottesville and Albemarle county
  • See details on RRSEP web site
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Brochure

For mailing to dog owners in watershed.

Talking points:

  • More detail than flyer
  • Examples of disease organisms and diseases
  • Runoff down storm drains is untreated and goes into local waterways
  • Pet waste also contains nutrients that lead to algae blooms
  • Benefits both local and for Chesapeake Bay
  • Neighborhood pet waste stations added to list of approved disposal methods
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Radio Advertising
  • 66 ads on 3 Charlottesville stations for one week during first week of December and second week of February

Presentations forNeighborhood Associations

  • Put up display
  • Make brochure and flyer available
  • Samples of biodegradable pet waste bags, flushable pet waste bags and biodegradable cat litter
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Pet Waste ComposterCost-Share Program

The TJSWCD will pay 50% of the cost of a pet waste composter (up to $100).

Q: How can you apply for cost-share?

  • Buy a composter at a local store or online.
  • Install or set up your composter for use, following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Download the "Application and Agreement for Cost Share", fill it out, and sign it.
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4. Mail the completed application along with a copy of your receipt and a photograph of the installed composter (or permission to visit your home for verification) to the Thomas Jefferson soil & Water Conservation District.
  • A check will be issued to you for 50% of the cost of your composter (up to $100 for a $200-composter).
  • The applicant agrees to provide feedback to the RRSEP after one year of use by phone, email or mail (whichever the user prefers) to evaluate the effectiveness of composting as a means of managing pet waste.
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“Traditional” Style Composter
  • Converts kitchen and garden waste to a rich organic dark humus to be used in the garden
  • Water and organic material are added
  • The material is occasionally turned or mixed
  • Composted pet waste cannot be used with edible plants.
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Bokashi Fermentor

Bokashi fermentation is an alternative to composting.

Safely transforms pet waste into a product that restores nutrients and microbes to the soil for ornamental plants.

Faster than composting: takes 30 days.

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Methane Digester
  • Anaerobic dog waste digester will be designed and installed for use in the Azalea Park.
  • Pet owners using the dog park will be asked to collect their dog waste in flushable bags and deposit them in the digester.
  • Dog waste will be anaerobically converted to a solid remnant and methane gas.
    • The gas will be used to light a gas lamp
    • The solid remnant will be pumped out once a year and transported to the wastewater city’s treatment plant.
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Methane Digester
  • The digester will be used to:
    • increase the rate of pet waste pick up and disposal in Azalea Park
    • process the waste in an ecologically-beneficial way
    • generally increase public awareness throughout the Charlottesville-Albemarle community
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Methane Digester

Drop pet waste bag down chute

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Methane Digester

Turn wheel to stir

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For more information:

www.rivanna-stormwater.org

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For more information:

Martin Johnson (434) 975-0224 [email protected]

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