Have you or a neighbor been experiencing flooding on your daily commute?
Have you seen discoloration in the creek, or pollution entering the storm drain on your street?
You can report your concerns by submitting your observation to
the City of Durham or ECWA following the information below.
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Example of urban flooding in Durham during a rain storm that flooded the street and threatened residents homes. Flooding events like these sre not in flood prone areas near a waterway, but a result of infrastructure that does not drain water quickly enough to keep up with the water volume.
Example of illicit discharge (i.e. pollution) that was increased cloudiness (or turbidity) from one stream into another at Pearl Mill Preserve. Increase turbidity is often caused by construction runoff or illegal dumping.
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Need help reporting illegal solid waste dumping?
Submit your observations of flooding and pollution in Ellerbe and Goose Creek. See the City of Durham Stormwater Contacts below.
Report flooding/private drainage system problems at your home by call Stormwater Services
Report pollution (“illicit discharge”), water quality and/or illegal dumping to surface waters, like creeks, ditches, stormwater drains and pipes to Durham Stormwater Services. It is ok to report in more than one way!
Reporting sewer overflows or blockages are handled by the Department of Water Management, and Stormwater Services.
Reporting stormwater drain maintenance
Erosion and sediment problems with construction sites that are a possible violation of sediment and erosion control laws.
Do you have questions or need additional support? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Videos about Pollution Detection and Elimination
- City of Charlotte’s Water Watchers program
- Massachusetts explains in more detail the laws behind IDDE programs, what an illicit discharge is and is not.
- New Mexico DOT guidebook on illicit discharges