Pollution from sediment and destroying streamside (riparian) vegetation, both water quality violations.  

Pollution from sediment and destroying streamside (riparian) vegetation, both water quality violations.  

what to report

Pollution in our surface waters come in many forms and all should be reported.  Reporting pollution is the most important means in which a citizen can help improve water quality.  The call (or email) triggers a process that starts with an inspector investigating the reported problem.  In Washington State, pollution and potential pollution violate our laws (RCW 90.48).  Potential pollution refers to activity that could indirectly cause pollution, such as removing streamside vegetation or allowing livestock direct access to waters of the state.  

Examples of Pollution:

  • Oily sheen or other water contamination
  • Livestock with direct access to creeks or lakes
  • Manure management issues
  • Destruction of streamside (riparian) vegetation
  • Erosion that enters surface waters
  • Sewage spills or septic overflow

Include the date, time, location and a detailed account of the pollution.   To report contact the Washington State Department of Ecology (Eastern Region) or contact us and we will forward the complaint to Ecology.