Scott County focuses on pet waste pollution

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Scott County officials are hoping a federal grant can help clean up a park that is a popular place for dog walkers.

WQAD-TV in Moline, Ill. reports that Scott County’s Duck Creek Park is on the state’s “impaired” list because of pollution.

Officials say testing shows the creek is contaminated with E. coli.

They say one factor is pet owners who walk their dogs on the park’s 14 miles of pathways and don’t clean up after them. The waste gets into the soil and water when it rains and officials say that can be harmful to wildlife and children who play in the park.

The county will use part of a $177,000 federal grant to pay for dog waste receptacles and signs to help create awareness of the problem.