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The Virginian-Pilot: February 10, 2008 Scott Waitzer loves dogs. He has four of them – two German Shepherds and two Rotweillers. But as a busy commercial real estate developer, he has little time to clean up the mounds of pet waste accumulating daily behind his waterfront home. “With so many dogs, it’s just a lot READ MORE>>

“When Doody Calls called, we answered! The local owners are terrific. Any business that makes life easier for local dog owners—and does so in a professional eco-friendly manner –is a friend of ours.”
- Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is essentially a pollution budget that the EPA has established for communities. TMDL iscomprised of point and non-point source pollution. For example, a leaky sewage pipe is a source of point pollution because pollution coming from the pipe can be clearly identified.

Non-point source pollution comes from many different places. Each time it rains, water runs along the ground picking up a variety of pollutants, including uncollected dog waste. Dog waste’s affect on the amount of pollution in the water, therefore, is considered a source of non-point pollution because it comes from many different places.

TMDL Definition

The following definition, along with a history of TMDL and how it is calculated and used, can be found on the EPA’s website.

TMDL or Total Maximum Daily Load is a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a body of water can receive and still meet water quality standards.

Water quality standards are set by states, territories, and tribes. They differ for each waterbody’s designated use such as drinking water supply, contact recreation (swimming), and aquatic life support (fishing). Each has a different, and corresponding, TMDL.

A TMDL is the sum of the allowable loads of a single pollutant from all contributing point and non-point sources. The calculation must include a margin of safety to ensure that the waterbody can be used for the purposes the state has designated. The calculation must also account for seasonal variation in water quality.

The Clean Water Act, section 303, establishes the water quality standards and TMDL programs.

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As pet parents, there is nothing more important than keeping our furry loved ones safe and healthy. So important is the health of our pets, in fact, that United States pet owners collectively spend more than $27 billion on veterinary care and over the counter medicines every year. While we all take great care to READ MORE>>

“When Doody Calls called, we answered! The local owners are terrific. Any business that makes life easier for local dog owners—and does so in a professional eco-friendly manner –is a friend of ours.”
- Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA