The only nuisance on our walks is the fact that humans neglect picking up after their pets. In Albuquerque, there are more than 43,000 licensed dogs. If the waste is not disposed of properly, that waste can make the water in the Rio Grande unsafe, infect children and adults with disease causing bacteria and parasites, and spread diseases between pets.
I'd like to thank the Mid Rio Grande Stormwater Quality Team for providing Albuquerque residents with this information. If we all do our part, maybe we won't have to check the bottom of our shoes before we walk into the house, and we will help the Rio Grande.