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Help protect Michigan's waters and wildlife by reporting any type of water pollution.  

 

Who do you call?

- Pollution Emergency Alerting System Hotline:
1-800-292-4706 

- For immediate and obvious threats to public health/safety call 911

 

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

Large numbers of dead fish

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 Make a Report

When making a report it is important to include the following information in your report:

  1. Where the incident occurred
  2. Directions to the site
  3. Date and time of incident
  4. What was deposited/discharged if known
  5. Was the substance deposited in the street, alley, river, lake, etc
  6. Give as much descriptive information about the substance that was deposited; color, odor, amount, etc.
  7. If you know or suspect who was responsible for the pollution, dumping or discharge you are reporting, please provide as much information as possible, so that they may contacted.

 

Other Contacts for Water Pollution Issues

Berrien County Drain Commissioner:

Roger H. Zilke

701 Main St., St. Joseph, MI 49085

Tel: (269) 983-7111 ext. 8261

rzilke@berriencounty.org  

 

Cass County Water Resources Commissioner:

Bruce A. Campbell

120 N. Broadway, Ste. 124, Cassopolis, MI 49031

Tel: (269) 445-4428
brucec@cassco.org

 

Van Buren County Drain Commissioner:

Joe Parman

219 Paw Paw St., Suite 301, Paw Paw, MI 49079

Tel: (269) 657-8241
parmanj@vbco.org

 

BERRIEN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Phone: (269) 926-7121

 

VAN BUREN COUNTY AND CASS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Phone: (269) 445-5280

 

Michigan Department of Agriculture - to report pesticide or other agricultural pollution

4032 M-139, Bldg. 116, St. Joseph, MI 49085-9647
Phone: (269) 428-2546

This page last updated on 8/13/2007.
 
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission  376 West Main Street  Suite 130  Benton Harbor, MI 49022-3651
Phone: 269.925.1137  Fax: 269.925.0288  Email: swmpc@swmpc.org
 
 
 

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