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Goose droppings might be raising bacteria levels in Northeast Ohio waterways – Metro – cleveland.com

Geese are pooping machines.  According to this article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on March 24, 2009, there is no threat to bacterial levels in our water (Cleveland gets its water from far out in Lake Erie), but these little Canadian guests may contribute to higher bacteria in our lakes and streams.

Weird wildlife fact for the day: A Canada goose can poop up to 10 times an hour — a remarkable rapid-fire effort that can add up to a pound of waste by day’s end.  Second fact: There are at least 100,000 of the loose-boweled migratory birds living near Ohio marshes and waterways. That’s not counting any of the thousands more living in cities, where their nests often are hidden from government researchers. Finally, we all know that both water and waste eventually run downhill — especially when spring rains accelerate the flow.

via Goose droppings might be raising bacteria levels in Northeast Ohio waterways – Metro – cleveland.com.

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