Turning dog waste into useful energy
The good, the bad, and the history
We started the PUP program to educate citizens about bacteria and its impact on local waterways. But in the big water-quality picture, there's an even bigger dog.
One of the largest contributors to pollution problems the Sewer District is facing is combined sewer overflows. Some combined sewers (designed to carry sewage and stormwater in the same pipe) in Northeast Ohio date back more than a hundred years, and our own Frank Greenland, Director of Watershed Programs, summed it all up recently on a WCPN 90.3 appearance.
USA Today: Dog waste is lighting the way
"Dogs are helpful to us in so many ways, from edging us on to get out for some exercise to helping calm down high school students. Now, The Spark Project has found another way: their waste is transformed into energy that lights street lamps." Read more from today's USA Today article.
Wally Waterdrop and his dog Pup represent the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's Pick Up Poop campaign to help the environment (and hey, promote politeness, too).