Water Quality Complaints

Inspectors investigate complaints we receive from concerned residents about property owners dumping or discharging fluids into the county’s storm drain systems and stream channels. Residential and commercial property owners use our drainage systems and streams to dispose of their automotive fluids, hazardous chemicals, detergents and other toxic fluids. Some of these property owners do not understand that pollutants dumped in the drainage systems are directly discharged into our streams, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. However, there are property owners that do dump and discharge pollutants into our streams knowing it is illegal and it affects the ecology of the stream.

Pollutant Dumping/Unusual Fluids
Should you see someone dumping pollutants into the drainage systems or streams, if you see any discoloration in the stream water, or if you see any unusual fluids flowing from a property, please contact County Click 311. If the water pollution problem is an emergency, promptly call 911.