Why Use Canines? Because The Nose Knows!

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

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,

invasive plants and animals, an now sewage!                                                                                                    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.

ECS Canines as an Important Resource to Improve Water Quality


A Pawsitively Effective Tool for

Illicit Sewage Discharge Source Tracking !

Contact:  Karen Reynolds, President

Phone: (517) 282-5493

Otisfield, Maine

         Email:  k.reynolds@ecsk9s.com

Photo by Nancy Greifenhagen

​​​​​​Environmental Canine Services (ECS) is a unique company that uses scent detection canines to detect and source track illicit discharges of sewage

that pollute surface waters. These discharges may be 

caused by leaking sewer lines, illicit pipe connections, direct discharges, or failing septic systems.  Our work helps improve water quality for the health of humans, animals, and the environment.  Canine

sewage detection methods are a complimentary tool

to traditional methods such as laboratory testing. 

The canines instantly distinguish human from animal waste sources, can locate or isolate human sources rapidly, and are very cost effective.  In addition, we

are proud that most of our canines are rescued

or adopted and they all are doing something 

they love for the sake of the environment!