Have you seen something that may be a water quality problem? Don’t know what to do?

There are many things that indicate threats to streams, lakes and rivers. Some common things you may observe include:

  • Muddy water flowing from construction sites during a rain.
  • Removal of vegetation from within the 25 state-mandated stream buffer
  • Dead fish in the water or fish gasping for air at the surface
  • Sewer spills (often has a milky appearance in a stream with a foul odor)
  • Illegal dumping of trash or other pollutants
  • Discolored water
  • Poorly planned development or land use
  • Flooding
  • Many others

If you are aware of a possible water quality problem, here is what you should do:

  • Take pictures to document evidence if possible.
  • Do not trespass onto private property.
  • Note the exact location or source of the problem.
  • Note any other relevant information such as possible sources, odors, etc.
  • REPORT THE PROBLEM as soon as possible.

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