Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office
24-Hour Environmental Hotline (248) 858-0931
The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner has partnered with the Oakland County Department of Public Safety to offer a 24-Hour Pollution Hotline for the reporting of potential storm drain problems. Please call this number if you witness any of the following:
- Failing septic systems (evident by standing sewage on the ground)
- Suspicious dumping in storm drain catch basins or waterways
- Dead or stressed fish or animals
- An unusual or suspicious discharge from a storm drain or in a waterway
- Dumping of animal waste
- Runoff from storage piles or dumpsters
- Construction site soil erosion entering surface waters
Please provide the following information when you call:
- Your name and phone number (you can remain anonymous if you choose)
- The source of pollution and what was spilled
- Quantity of soil
- Body of water impacted
- When spill occurred
- Major cross roads of spill or known address
There are many ways you can help stop pollution from entering our waterways through the local storm drains by:
- Becoming more aware of what may be causing storm water pollution in your area, through the Township newsletter, Township and local websites and getting involved in the community.
- Report to your municipal officials:
* Any dumping of inappropriate materials (i.e. oil or antifreeze) into storm water drains.
* Construction sites that do not have erosion or sediment controls.
* Suspicious looking materials or discoloration of storm drains or in local streams, lakes or river.
- Using good housekeeping practices with lawn care chemicals, oil, gasoline, pet wastes, etc.
- Helping to start or participate in programs to recycle and safely dispose of used oil and household hazardous wastes and containers.
- Telling others about pollution from storm water runoff and what they can do to help.