PUP Program

Sponsored by:

Environmental Resource Center

Project Champion:

Hadley DeBree

What are the appropriate grade levels:

K through 12

Is there a limit to the number of participants:

Four classes

Is there an opportunity for community service:


Is there a deadline for this project:

January 2015

Is this a new or existing project:

New project

Estimated project cost:



Here in the Wood River Valley we love our dogs. Sadly, the waste our pets produce can have negative health and environmental impacts on humans, animals and our waterways. That’s why the ERC started the Pick Up for the Planet (PUP) Program. Do your part to create a healthier Valley by helping the ERC purchase trailhead bins and designing a cool plaque advertising your one year sponsorship>/p>


The ERC dog waste pick up effort was started in 2005 in collaboration with the US Forest Service, BCRD, BLM and other user groups. The effort to provide dog waste bins and pick up bags was in response to the environmental and health impacts associated with unattended pet waste that was piling up at trailheads across the valley.
In the past 8 years, the effort became less of a priority and as a consequence dog waste began to accumulate at trailheads again, bins were overflowing and our office was receiving complaints. In response to these issues, the ERC has been reinvigorating the clean-up effort through the PUP Program!

Did you know . . .

  • The rivers and streams of the Wood River basin are fed almost entirely by rain and snow runoff. As this flows down from hillsides, it brings with it sediment and uncollected waste. Every time someone neglects to pick up and dispose of their pet’s waste, they are adding to the pollution of our waterways.
  • Pet waste contains extremely high levels of phosphorous and nitrogen. When added to the water these elements encourage rampant algae growth, which in turn degenerates and alters the river ecosystem.
  • Unlike horses, deer, and other domestic and wild animals, dog waste contains microbes that can be harmful to humans and dogs alike including parasites, E.Coli, Salmonella, and Giardia, just to name a few.
  • A 2012 study of trailhead use throughout the Wood River Valley discovered approximately 160,380 dog, trail-days from April to November. That’s a whole lot of dogs!
  • If your class chooses to participate in this WOW project the class will be sponsoring a PUP dog waste bin at one of the four trail heads listed below.


  • East Fork Road
  • Quigley Canyon
  • Lake Creek East
  • Proctor
  • Your class will create a plaque to include with the dog waste disposal bin at the trailhead of your choice for an entire year.

    In addition to creating a plaque, if your class chooses to sponsor a trailhead for the year the ERC will be able to purchase a dog waste bin, supply pick up bags for the trailhead, and a staff person to maintain the trailhead.

    Several classes can sponsor a trailhead together to reach the funding minimum or a class can choose to provide supplemental funding on their own.

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