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pooch300.jpg Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 09/15/2009 - 4:11pm.

If you own a dog in the city of Wilmington, be prepared to pay if you do not pick up after the pooch. In its regular meeting, City Council will tackle the problem of storm water run off Tuesday night, particularly pet waste. If left on the ground, the waste runs off in to our water. Council is considering passing an ordinance that would fine pet owners $250 if they do not clean up after their pet. Margaret Haynes of City Council said, “Pet waste is one of the biggest polluters that we have that's encumbering our clean water, so it is an opportunity for everyone to participate.” As part of the ordinance, pet owners would also be required to carry a bag. Council will also consider tightening other storm water regulations, like permits and disposal of yard waste. The City Council meeting starts Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

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