How to Report an Environmental Issue
Remember, you are the eyes and ears for local streams. If you see something that doesn’t seem right along a stream or waterway, it probably isn’t! Let someone know, take pictures, and make that call as soon as you observe something!
A photographic record is the often the best way to report an issue. Many pollution events are transient or stormwater related–and don’t happen during business hours. The images, along with time and location, are what officials will need to determine if there has been a violation of environmental rules and regulations.
If you see something unusual in a stream, or along it, then consider safely taking a sample. A clean food container, mason jar, or even a zip lock bag can serve.
Toxic Materials Spills, Dumping in Streams, Construction Equipment in Streams, Other Stream Incursions:
PA DEP Southeastern Regional Office
2 East Main Street, Norristown, PA 19401
Erosion and Sediment Leaving Construction Sites:
Erosion and Sedimentation (E & S) permitting for large construction sites is usually handled by the Chester County Conservation District:
Chester County Conservation District
688 Unionville Road, Suite 200
Kennett Square, PA 19348
For smaller construction sites, Erosion and Sedimentation permitting is handled by your township. Contact numbers will be found at your township’s website.
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, Bureau of Law Enforcement
Harrisburg Toll-Free Hotline: 1-855-347-4545 (1-855-FISH-KIL)
Southeast Regional Office Phone: 717-626-0228
For more information, contact: Green Valleys Watershed Association, phone: 610-469-4900, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday