Pollution that’s seen in the stream, ongoing spills and the act of dumping into a stream or storm drain should be reported to the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222. The information will be provided to the Fire Department or other appropriate County department for follow-up.
In accordance with Arlington County Code Chapter 26-5, nothing should be put in, or dumped into, a storm drain that will adversely affect the storm drain system or surface waters. In addition, our municipal separate storm sewer system permit administered by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, prohibits the discharge of pollution to the storm sewer system. Certain nonstormwater discharges such as flows from firefighting activities, irrigation water, air conditioner condensation or foundation drains are permitted to go to the storm drain system.
Types of Stream Pollution
The following are possible sources of some types of stream pollution or unusual things that may alter the color of Arlington’s streams. You can also download a handout of the different types of stream pollution.
Report the following forms of stream pollution to the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222.
Naturally-Caused, Discolored Stream Water
The following are examples of natural causes of discolored stream water. Don’t call to report if you see these examples.
Construction Site Runoff
Mud and muddy water that’s being tracked or running off an active construction site should be reported to the Development Services Bureau at email@example.com Note: This isn’t a 24-hour response line. Follow-up investigations will take place the next business day.