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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. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Moores Creek TMDLPet Waste Initiative

1The Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership

Albemarle CountyAlbemarle County Public SchoolsAlbemarle County Service AuthorityCity of CharlottesvillePiedmont Virginia Community College2The Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership

Rivanna Water and Sewer AuthorityUniversity of VirginiaVirginia Department of TransportationThomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District

3Moores Creek Watershed

4Moores Creek TMDL1998 placed on DEQs impaired waters listUnsafe for fishing and swimming due to high levels of fecal coliform bacteria2011 RRBC received grant from DCR to fund programs to reduce bacteria in creekPet waste educationPet waste composter cost-shareDog park methane digesterSeptic repair and pump out cost-shareAgricultural BMP cost-share5

Moores Creek Watershed6

photo courtesy Dick Rochester, Lafayette, Colorado7

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11Initial Watershed Mailing

12FlyerPet waste is a health risk to pets and peoplebacteria and parasitesPet waste left outside can wash into streams and lakesMakes water unsafe for swimming and wadingMoores Creek contains harmful levels of E. coliPicking up after pets makes water cleaner and saferFor posting in local pet stores, grooming salons, veterinarian offices, etc. Talking points:13FlyerDispose of pet waste properlyTrashToiletComposter50% cost share for a pet waste composter offered to residents in Moores Creek WatershedAlso available to other pet owners in Charlottesville and Albemarle countySee details on RRSEP web site14

15BrochureMore detail than flyerExamples of disease organisms and diseasesRunoff down storm drains is untreated and goes into local waterwaysPet waste also contains nutrients that lead to algae bloomsBenefits both local and for Chesapeake BayNeighborhood pet waste stations added to list of approved disposal methodsFor mailing to dog owners in watershed.Talking points:1666 ads on 3 Charlottesville stations for one week during first week of December and second week of FebruaryRadio AdvertisingPresentations forNeighborhood AssociationsPut up displayMake brochure and flyer availableSamples of biodegradable pet waste bags, flushable pet waste bags and biodegradable cat litter17Neighborhood Associations



20Pet Waste ComposterCost-Share ProgramThe 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. 214.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.22Q:What types of composters are available?23Septic Tank Style Composter

24Dig a hole 2-4 feet deep

25Insert composter into the hole


27Drop pet waste into composter

28Add water

29Add septic-tank-type enzyme once a week


31Traditional Style Composter

32Traditional Style ComposterConverts kitchen and garden waste to a rich organic dark humus to be used in the garden Water and organic material are addedThe material is occasionally turned or mixed Composted pet waste cannot be used with edible plants.33Bokashi Fermentor

34Bokashi FermentorBokashi 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.35Methane Digester

36Anaerobic 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 lampThe solid remnant will be pumped out once a year and transported to the wastewater citys treatment plant.Methane Digester37The digester will be used to: increase the rate of pet waste pick up and disposal in Azalea Parkprocess the waste in an ecologically-beneficial waygenerally increase public awareness throughout the Charlottesville-Albemarle communityMethane Digester38Methane Digester

Drop pet waste bag down chute39Methane Digester

Turn wheel to stir40Methane Digester

41Methane Digester

42Methane Digester

43For more

44For more information:

Martin Johnson (434) 975-0224 martin.johnson@tjswcd.org45