LACONIA — The City of Laconia and FB Environmental Associates out of Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire are pleased to be hosting Sable and Logan, the dogs from Environmental Canine Services (based in Vermontville, MI), for a day of bacteria source tracking.
The dogs will be in Laconia Friday, August 2, to assist with the detection of human sources of bacteria in water – through scent. These sources include septic system failures, sewage leaks, and illicit connections to storm sewer systems. Interested citizens and the press are welcome to attend demonstrations by the dogs during a sampling event on Friday, August 2 from 2–4 p.m. on the Weirs Beach Boardwalk.
Environmental Canine Services is the first and only company in the world to scent train canines as a rapid screening method to track contaminants in stormwater. Field tests have shown the dogs are approximately 90% accurate compared with traditional laboratory water tests, and are a more efficient and cost effective option for budget-stricken cities and municipalities looking to fix sewer problems and protect swimming beaches, shellfish beds, etc.
FB Environmental Associates, established in 2001, is a consulting firm that specializes in directing environmental planning, assessment, monitoring, mapping, and restoration projects for a diverse array of clients. The firm has experience working on water and natural resource projects throughout New England and has worked on numerous bacteria source tracking and mitigation projects.