If you see anyone dump anything into the street or directly into a storm drain, if you see a pipe discharging into a waterway during dry weather, if you see someone dumping in or near a waterway, or any of a number of other ways that pollution enters into our local waterways, there are a number of ways you can report pollution -- call your local or state environmental protection agencies, call or email your local Waterkeeper, or use the Water Reporter app.
Contact Your Local Waterkeeper
Blue Water Baltimore
Potomac Riverkeeper Network
Arundel River Federation
James River Association
Assateague Coastal Trust
Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper
Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper
Water Reporter App
We have made it easier to find and report pollution -- and to report the fun things you see and do on the river. Working with Chesapeake Commons, we developed a mobile app, which is a Bay-wide initiative, to gather critical data on the waterways you love! The Water Reporter App for iPhone and iPad and Android is available for download for free!
If you’re out and about and see debris flowing from a construction site, cows in your stream, or a pipe discharging questionable water, use the app to report it. Or if you are hiking, biking or paddling let us know and send photos & video. If your organization or group is planning a stream cleanup, tree planting, or any water related activity, please report those on the app as well! We will try to advertise far and wide.
Once your report is submitted it will be sent to your local Waterkeeper and to a live map available on the Water Reporter website. There are 18 local Waterkeepers in the Chesapeake Bay region waiting for your reports! You can also contact your local Waterkeeper directly to report pollution.
Maryland Report-a-Polluter Contacts
Maryland Department of the Environment: (866) 633-4686 — 24-hour hotline to report any environmental emergency that poses an immediate threat to the public health or the well-being of the environment such as oil and chemical spills or accidents causing releases of pollutants.
US Coast Guard Baltimore Command Center: (410) 576-2525
Maryland Natural Resources Police: (410) 260-8940 or (410) 260-8888 (24-hr hotline)
Sanitary Sewer Concerns: (410) 887-7415
Erosion and Sediment Control: (410) 887-3226
Erosion and Sediment Control: (410) 222-7763
Stormwater Management Concerns: (410) 313-6444
Virginia Report-a-Polluter Contacts
- DEQ Northern Regional Office (Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington): (703) 583-3800
- DEQ Piedmont Regional Office (Richmond): (804) 527-5020
Fairfax County Department of Public Works & Environmental Services (703-324-5033) - Report a Problem
Arlington County Environmental Services (703-558-2222) - Report Stream Pollution
Loudoun County Environmental Health (703-777-0234)
Henrico County - Report a Spill, Dumping or Other Illicit Discharge
Pennsylvania Report-a-Polluter Contacts
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP): (800) 541-2050
- DEP Northeast (Susquehanna County): (570) 826-2511
- DEP Southcentral (Lancaster County): (866) 825-0208
- DEP Northcentral (Northumberland Co): (570) 327-3636
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission: (855) 347-4545 (fish kills)
West Virginia Report-a-Polluter Contacts
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Water and Waste (WW): (800) 642-3074 - Emergency #
- DEP WW Romney Regional Office: (304) 822-7266
Washington DC Report-a-Polluter Contacts