Goose poop costs big money for Clarksville, Ind.


by Whitney Harding

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 19 at 8:01 PM

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11)-- Clarksville, Indiana is dealing with a dung dilemma. Yes, the ponds and grass areas outside the municipal building are laden with goose poop.

“We had our ponds tested when we built the fire station for irrigation,” Clarksville project manager Brittany Montgomery said, “and the E. coli was so high we can’t use it for irrigation.”

That’s just the beginning of the problem. Montgomery also says that because the feces are all over the parking lot sometimes town workers notice it gets tracked inside Town Hall. Plus, it’s hard to keep the area looking nice because the maintenance workers are affected by the poop.

“They have to wear masks to mow the lawn,” she said, “because it kicks up so much of the dried out feces that it can get into their lungs. That’s a health and safety concern.”

So Clarksville is trying to take action, but it turns out that goose droppings may cause the city to drop thousands of dollars.

“You know we could spend anywhere from, just on the actual building out, $20,000 to $100,000,” Montgomery said. “Plus we have to make improvements to the ponds, which will be included in those costs.”

The town has thought of some quick fixes: for instance, they have put signs up asking people not to feed the ducks and geese, and they have added some more rocks and other hindrance material to keep the geese from walking everywhere. When it comes down to it, though, the town has accepted they need to put in a more permanent plan.

“It’s best to hire someone who is used to doing this,” Montgomery explained. “A professional who can give us professional advice. We want something that long-term will meet the aesthetics of the campus and also deal with the geese.”

The town is putting together some more proposals to present to the council and they hope to have a plan in place for the fall. Montgomery added that the wheels need to get rolling on this, because they want residents to enjoy their park area and not have to worry about health or safety issues.

“You know, you don’t want your kids playing in duck poop!”