Don't feed the ducks or other feral animals in SLO

In an effort to address pollution in local bodies of water, the San Luis Obispo City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that forbids anyone from feeding ducks and other feral animals.

Council members voted 4-1 to approve the proposed Urban Storm Water Quality Management and Discharge Control Ordinance, which addresses animal waste in parks, on sidewalks and parkways.

Councilman Allen Settle voted against it.

The ordinance expands on a law already in place that requires cat, dog and horse owners to pick up after their pets in parks.

Barbara Lynch, deputy director of public works for the city, said officials plan to launch an education campaign that could include signs to alert people to the ordinance.

Feeding the animals promotes increased population, which increases pollution from animal waste in water bodies, officials said.

- Stephen Curran