The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is partnering with HOAs to reduce pet waste bacteria levels in our local rivers and streams by installing pet waste stations in common areas managed by HOAs.
In the end, it is a win-win situation. Bacteria issues caused by pet waste are addressed and the community benefits from not having pet waste left on the ground. Pet waste also attracts rats and insects, and can spread disease between pets and wildlife. Imagine poop free play areas for all!
Eligible HOAs have 2 options:
1: DEP can provide the stations to the HOA, to install and maintain
2: For communities without the financial means or without on-site labor, DEP will install stations and pay to maintain the stations for one year. At the end of the year, the HOA can decide to adopt the stations by taking over the maintenance.
To learn more about the program, eligibility criteria and to find out if your community is located in one of the targeted areas, please email AskDEP@MontgomeryCountyMd.gov