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Safely Enjoy Local Streams with Your Dog This Summer and Protect the Chesapeake Bay
Summer in Alexandria is a great time to get outside with your dog. The City has many parks, open space areas, and fenced and unfenced dog parks that you can enjoy with your dog.
Here are some tips to help you and your dog safely enjoy our streams this summer:
- Remember to carry plenty of drinking water for you and your dog. Water in streams or lakes may look clean, but there could be bacteria in the water that you can’t see that makes it not safe to drink.
- Be careful in summer heat. Try to limit activity during the hottest part of the day and stay in the shade where you can.
- If your dog likes to wade in streams, be sure to check for discolored water, broken glass, or sharp rocks before entering the water.
- Carry bags and pick up after your dog. Pet waste left on the ground gets washed into storm drains or streams by rain. Remember to place the bagged waste in a trash can!
Visit the Stormwater Management Division page for more ideas on how to enjoy and protect our local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.