24-Hour Pollution Hotlines
Immediate and Obvious Threats to Public Safety
Dumping or Discharges in or near Lakes or Streams
General Pollution Threats
Michigan DEQ Pollution Emergency Alert System (PEAS)
EPA Office - Region 5
* During normal business hours call the local DEQ district office at 269-567-3500
Play a Part in Keeping Our Lakes, Streams and Rivers Clean
Report Activities That Are Causing Water Pollution!
What Kinds of Activities Should You Report?
Wetland filling or other destructive activity
Suspicious dumping to drains and/or surface waters
Contamination to lakes, rivers and streams
Construction site soil erosion entering surface waters
Sewage discharges on the ground or into surface water
Suspicious discharges from pipes
Polluted storm water runoff from storage piles and dumpsters
Pollution entering a storm drain or surface water
Illegal connections of sanitary sewers to storm drains or surface waters
To protect water quality, make sure you do your part to keep pollutants off the land. Pollutants that can impact our waterways include sediment, nutrients, bacteria, pesticides and hazardous chemicals such as grease and oil.
FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP KEEP POLLUTION OUT OF OUR WATERWAYS:
1. Never Dump Anything Down A Storm Drain.
Recycle your household hazardous wastes through your community's household hazardous waste program. For more information on Household Hazardous Waste Collection and E-Waste Collection, call the local MSU Extension Office.
2. Sweep It!
After you fertilize your lawn, use pesticides, or cut the grass, be sure to sweep or blow off the granules or clippings from hard, paved surfaces. That keeps these materials from getting carried into storm drainage systems when it rains.
3. Minimize Soil Erosion And Sedimentation.
Prevent soil erosion and sedimentation by minimizing disturbance to ground cover. Stabilize bare soil with seed and mulch, or sod as quickly as possible. For more tips on how to prevent soil erosion, call the your local Conservation District Office.
4. Bag It!
Pick up pet waste promptly and dispose of it in the trash.
5. Get Pumped!
If you have a septic system and live on a lake or stream, have your tank pumped every 2 years, otherwise every 3 - 5 years, at a minimum. For more tips on septic system maintenance, see Septic System Best Practices.