Have you seen something that may be a water quality problem? Don’t know what to do?
There are many things that indicate threats to streams, lakes and rivers. Some common things you may observe include:
- Muddy water flowing from construction sites during a rain.
- Removal of vegetation from within the 25 state-mandated stream buffer
- Dead fish in the water or fish gasping for air at the surface
- Sewer spills (often has a milky appearance in a stream with a foul odor)
- Illegal dumping of trash or other pollutants
- Discolored water
- Poorly planned development or land use
- Many others
If you are aware of a possible water quality problem, here is what you should do:
- Take pictures to document evidence if possible.
- Do not trespass onto private property.
- Note the exact location or source of the problem.
- Note any other relevant information such as possible sources, odors, etc.
- REPORT THE PROBLEM as soon as possible.
- Report the problem to Chattahoochee Riverkeeper staff using our online form, or contact Jason Ulseth directly at 404-352-9828 ext. 16 or [email protected].
- Call your local government officials.
- If the problem is an emergency such as a fisk kill or major spill, please call the state Department of Natural Resources emergency response hotline at 1-800-241-4113.