Taking Water Quality Protection Into The Future!

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

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.                                                                                                                               Video: How Dogs See With Their Noses

​The pathogens in sewage discharged into our waterways from leaking sewer lines, failing septic systems, and illicit pipe connections 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.

Photo by Nancy Greifenhagen

ECS Canines as an Important Resource to Improve Water Quality


Contact:  Karen Reynolds, President

Phone: (517) 282-5493

Otisfield, Maine

         Email:  k.reynolds@ecsk9s.com

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

in surface waters, which is 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 such as laboratory testing and is rapid and cost effective. The canines provide instant results, distinguish human from animal source pollution, and can track the sources immediately. ​​