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Report Pollution

Is it an Emergency?

If there is a hazardous material being released or someone is in danger, call 911 immediately instead of filling out this form. Don’t put yourself in harm’s way when encountering pollution and keep a safe distance from any hazardous materials.

What to Look For and Report

Look out for anything but rain water or snowmelt entering the street, storm drains, or any waterbody. This could include:

  • Spills from traffic accidents
  • Leaks from vehicles
  • Someone rinsing a paintbrush in the gutter (should be rinsed in an indoor sink)
  • A floor drain in a building connected to the storm drainage system
  • Landscaping materials in a road or driveway that are not properly contain
  • Soapy water from washing a car
  • Swimming pool drainage
  • Concrete washout

Know the Rules

Ordinances and state regulations establish methods for controlling pollutants entering the storm drainage system.

Local ordinances are a requirement of the Keep it Clean Partner’s Municipal Stormwater Discharge Permits issued by the State of Colorado.

The objectives of the ordinances are to:

  • Control pollutants to the storm drainage system.
  • Prohibit illegal connections and discharges to the storm drainage system.
  • Establish legal authority to carry out inspections, surveillance, monitoring, and enforcement procedures necessary to ensure compliance with this ordinance.
  • Promote public awareness of the hazards of improperly releasing trash, yard waste, lawn chemicals, pet waste, wastewater, grease, oil, petroleum products, cleaning products, paint products, hazardous waste, sediment, and other pollutants into the storm drainage system.

General Prohibitions

  1. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged into the storm drainage system or water courses any materials other than stormwater.
  2. The construction, use, maintenance, or continued existence of illicit connections to the storm drainage system is prohibited.
  3. It shall be unlawful to cause materials to be deposited in such a manner or location as to constitute a threatened discharge into storm drains, gutters, or waters of the State. Materials that are no longer contained in a pipe, tank, or other container are considered to be threatened discharges unless they are actively being cleaned up.
  4. No person shall maliciously destroy or interfere with structural controls in place to protect water quality.

For more specifics about these requirements, contact the Keep it Clean Partner responsible for the jurisdiction in which you are interested.

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