Dog poo to blame for the lake’s woes?

johnboy 14 May 2012 7

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The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is holding forth over last week’s report by the Environment Commissioner on the state of Lake Burley Griffin:

“It was interesting to learn that the bulk of contamination is coming from often unsuspected household sources such as garden chemicals, organic waste and pet faeces.

”Significantly, the Commissioner has identified numerous ways for us to address these causes, providing us with a much-needed road map to restore the Lake’s health.

The report makes 17 recommendations on how to improve and better manage the Lake, including mapping of urban contamination sources, improved communication strategies around lake closures and the establishment of a Burley Griffin-Molonglo-Queanbeyan catchment management agreement.

“The Greens are now developing an action plan to ensure that the Commissioner’s recommendations are thoroughly implemented and that we get our lakes back to full health.

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7 Responses to Dog poo to blame for the lake’s woes?
shirty_bear shirty_bear 2:53 pm 15 May 12

johnboy said :

what about in the back yard?

Responsible owners’ kids.

nice_enough nice_enough 1:48 pm 15 May 12

I ride my pushy through Canturf turf farms which are on the mouth of the lake on my way to work in Fyshwick most days and the smell of fertilizer on some days is overwhelming. Fertilizer is the main culprit for algae growth as it feeds the algae. I’d love to see if the run offs front he turf farm (which require HUGE amounts of fertilizer) into the lake were analysed in this study.

chewy14 chewy14 1:44 pm 15 May 12

From this report it’s clear that we need to ban people owning dogs.

Then bring back fireworks.

angrymotorist1 angrymotorist1 12:51 pm 15 May 12

johnboy said :

what about in the back yard?

Especially in the back yard.

carnardly carnardly 12:32 pm 15 May 12

responsible owners pick up after their dogs. so i guess its the bad owners’ fault 🙂

nice_enough nice_enough 12:19 pm 15 May 12


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