Doggie Doo Report from McHenry – 1/3 Don’t Scoop the Poop

Found in the McHenry City Newsletter:

Pet Waste Pollution

Pet waste is a pollutant that can contaminate water through stormwater runoff; it’s a source of phosphorus pollution; and a transmitter of bacteria that can pollute water.

How much waste is produced by one dog?

An average sized dog weighs 40 lbs. and produces 3/4 of a pound of waste per day.

How much dog waste is produced in McHenry?

The City of McHenry has 9,992 households and approximately 35% households own dogs.

Of these households, approximately one-third of the dogs are walked and not picked up after.

Not removing the waste creates approximately 757 pounds of dog waste per day that is a source of pollution in our city.

This equals approximately 276,000 pounds or 138 tons of dog waste per year that could potentially pollute our rivers, lakes and wetlands.

The easiest way to solve this problem is to consistently clean up after our pets. This helps the entire community.

Dog waste information for McHenry, Illinois.

Dog waste information for McHenry, Illinois.

Also in the newsletter is a piece on the new dog walking park, called McBark Park.

McBark Dog Park

McBark Dog Park

Parks and Recreation is busy making preparations to open the new community dog park on September 3rd.

McBark Park is located off Route 31 north of Kohl’s department store. Parking will be available
in the existing Kohl’s parking lot north of the store.

The City of McHenry is grateful to Kohl’s and the Illinois Department of Transportation for allowing
the city to use this site for the dog park. For information on how to obtain an annual pass, please
contact Parks and Recreation at 815.363.2160 or visit the Parks and Recreation website.

Addition information found at the web site follows:

  • Park Features: shade, a large running area for dogs, onsite parking and running water. The park will be open from 7:00 am to dusk. The dog park provides year–round opportunities for dogs and their owners to socialize as well as exercise – both important to an animal’s temperament and health. A dog park promotes responsible pet ownership as well as allows dogs to legally run off–leash.
  • The dog park is divided into two separate areas – small dogs and large dogs. The large dog area is 3.7 acres, and the small dog area is 0.3 acres (approximately).
  • An annual pass will be sold for local dog owners to access the facility. Gate access will be a controlled system allowing only dog pass holders. The city resident fee is $75/annual pass and the non-city resident rate is $125/annual pass. There is a $10 fee for each additional dog. Fees for the dog park are for one calendar year from September 1 through August 31. Passes go on sale Monday, August 12 at the Municipal Center.
  • Registration Requirements: proof of residency for resident rate; a certificate of valid rabies/county tag number, distemper vaccinations from your vet or a vet receipt, proof of pet’s age/birthdate/adopted or rescue date.


Doggie Doo Report from McHenry – 1/3 Don’t Scoop the Poop — 6 Comments

  1. What about these over abundant nuisance geese?

    One goose = two large dogs in waste volume.

    Every try and navigate many piers and boat launches ?

  2. Clearly we need to cut the crap in McHenry County… and our elected politicians are full of crap.

  3. Did the taxpayers pay for this important information?

    Looks like it could be the Monday headline in the NWH!

  4. Amazing stats and confirm my long held suspicion.

    That 1 out of every 10 households in McHenry, shelter idiots.

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