Canines as an Important Resource to Improve Water Quality

A Pawsitively Effective Tool for

Illicit Sewage Discharge Detection and Source Tracking!


Contact:  Karen Reynolds, President

Phone: (517) 282-5493


​​​​​​​Environmental Canine Services (ECS)

is a unique company that uses scent detection canines to detect and

source track illicit discharges of

sewage that pollute stormwater systems and surface waters. These discharges may be caused by leaking sewer lines, illicit pipe connections, illicit direct discharges, 

or failing septic systems.

Our sewage detection canine methods are a complimentary tool to

traditional methods such as

laboratory testing. Thecanines 

instantly distinguish human from animal waste sources, can rapidly locate or isolate discharge sources,

and are very cost effective. 

Why Use Canines? Because The Nose Knows!

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

at least100 million times lower than humans can and distinguish the elements of 

one odor from 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, endangered animals, and invasive plants and animals.  ECS has added sewage discharge detection to the list of important

scenting roles!                                                                                                  

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The human pathogens from illicit sewage discharges to 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 our CANINES CAN DETECT THEM THROUGH THEIR AMAZING SCENTING ABILITIES.  Through ECS, canines have become an important part of municipal illicit sewage discharge detection and elimination programs.