SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For years, Willard Beach has battled water quality issues. High levels of harmful bacteria have been found during water tests, forcing officials to post warnings about swimming or coming into contact with the water at the beach. Now the city is employing a unique tool to fight back.
"Everybody knows that dogs have great noses, that's a given, but what is really important with that is that they have the ability to scent discriminate, which means that they can filter out all other background scents," explained Scott Reynolds, who with his wife Karen owns Environmental Canine Services. "These dogs are specifically trained to detect and source-track human fecal contamination in storm water."
The dogs worked their way up from the beach in to the surrounding neighborhood, pausing to sniff out any scent of sewage in the storm water system.