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DogFest Set for May 20
May 20, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Morro Bay National Estuary Program is sponsoring, “Dog Fest 2017: Dogs for Clean Water,” set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at Morro Bay City Park, Harbor and Morro Bay Boulevard. Dogs are invited to bring their masters down to the park for a fun day of activities, demonstrations and vendor booths, celebrating dogs and raising money for the Mutts for the Bay Program. There will be a dog show, dog-themed games including the “Fake Poop Race,” information on helping keep the local creeks and bay clean of dog wastes, lots of swag from vendors and light snacks available for purchase.
Presenters include the Santa Lucia Open Dog Obedience Group, American Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the NEP, among others. All dogs in attendance must be on leash and well-behaved.
DogFest raises awareness about the importance of picking up pet waste. Dog waste contains twice as much bacteria as human waste, and can linger for up to a year, washing into local creeks and the bay when it rains.
Bacterial contamination from dog waste harms water quality and can cause illness. Simply picking up after your dogs helps keep our waters safe for swimming and other recreation.
The Mutts for the Bay Program provides free disposable, degradable bags for dog waste pickup at 27 dispensers strategically located at parks throughout Morro Bay. It is supported by local businesses and private donors, and run by a group of dedicated volunteers.
The NEP has managed the program since 2005. And in 2016, the program provided over 358,000 dog waste bags.
The NEP has been conducting monitoring and research, restoring natural habitats, and educating residents and visitors on how to keep Morro Bay clean and healthy since 1995.