Step 1. Determine Jurisdiction

Locate which jurisdiction (city limits or unincorporated county) the site lies within using Google Maps.

Locate Site

Step 2. Determine LIA Status

Determine whether or not the local government is certified as a Local Issuing Authority (LIA).

Click the button below to determine whether or not the local government is certified as an issuing authority. Open the downloaded spreadsheet, find the appropriate local government, and determine LIA status.

Check LIA Status

If the local government is a Local Issuing Authority, report the problem directly to the LIA. Your local Riverkeeper can also help report the problem to the correct authority.  

Report to Local Issuing Authority
Report to Local Riverkeeper
Report to Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Need more help?

If the local government fails to adequately resolve the situation, further complaints can be filed with the GA EPD District Office and/or the local Soil and Water Conservation District to help resolve the issue. 

Types of Enforcement

  • Issued by LIA, but EPD can also issue
  • For 1st and 2nd violations, violator has 5 days to “correct;” If not corrected, the LIA or EPD shall issue a stop work order
  • 3rd violation, LIA or EPD shall issue a stop work order

Stop Work Order

 
  • Land disturbance without a permit (no NOI)
  • Significant sediment discharged to waters
  • Encroachment in stream buffer without a variance
  • BMPs not properly designed, installed
    and/or maintained

Sediment in State Waters