"At first the scientists and the PhDs we brought down to look at the problem kind of looked at the dogs and said, 'What can they do?'" "It turns out the dogs were excellent. What started out as 'Are you kidding?' evolved into 'Wow, this is awesome!'"  "This showed us where we need to pay attention."  "It proved incredibly effective."​

  - Mayor Ben Lucarelli, Fair Haven, NJ

    Regarding ECS's work with the Clean Ocean Action and the Navesink River communities to detect and      source track sewage pollution in the River, September 2016

Why Use Canines? Because The Nose Knows!

Canines have unique olfactory systems that can smell odors at concentrations of 

up to 100 million times lower than humans can and distinguish the elements of

one odor from the those of another odor.  That's why they have been used for

many years for important scenting jobs, such as bomb detection, arson detection,

drug detection, and search and rescue.  The role of scenting canines is growing 

and now includes the ability to detect important scents such as cancer, diabetes,

bed bugs, mold, gas leaks, and invasive plant and animal species.                        Video: How Dogs See With Their Noses

​The pathogens in human sewage discharged into our waterways can harm the health of humans who swim, boat, and fish there, as well as harm the animals and marine life in and around the water.  Many times, the sources of the discharges are under ground, under water, or otherwise undetectable with human sight and smell. But CANINES CAN SMELL WHAT WE CAN'T SEE OR SMELL.  Through ECS, canines have become an important part

of human pathogen pollution detection and elimination programs.

Taking Water Quality Protection Into The Future!


Contact:  Karen Reynolds, President

Phone: (517) 282-5493

         Email:  k.reynolds@ecsk9s.com

Photo by Nancy Greifenhagen

​​​​Environmental Canine Services (ECS) is a unique environmental consulting company that uses scent trained canines to identify and source track human sewage pollution 

in storm water systems and surface waters caused by leaking sewer lines, illicit pipe connections, and failing septic systems.  Our work helps improve water quality for the health of humans, animals, and the environment. Using canines for

this purpose is a complimentary tool to traditional methods and is rapid and cost effective.  The canines provide instant results, distinguish human from animal source pollution, and can track the pollution sources immediately. ​​