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Watershed Stewards

Watershed Helpline

Water Quality Resources & Links

Environmental Stream Teams

MS4 Stormwater

Pollution Prevention

Robert G. Struble, Jr.
Watershed Conservation Director
rstruble@bva-rcva.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watershed Helpline

1.   Try to record your observations in writing and/or photograph describing what you have seen and the conditions during which the issue took place.  If you can, take samples.  Be sure to include the date, time of day, location, and any other information you deem important.  And remember, SAFETY FIRST!  Don’t walk on private property without permission from the owner and don’t put yourself in any dangerous and/or hazardous situations.

2.   Contact the appropriate organization based on your concerns using the lists below.

Pennsylvania Organizations

In Case of an Environmental Emergency
Please Call
(484) 250-5900   (DEP Hotline)

Issue

Observations

Organization and Contact info

Soil Erosion

- Soil entering stream from construction site

- Unnaturally cloudy water

Chester County Conservation District
688 Unionville Rd., Suite 200
Kennett Square, PA 19348
(610)925-4920

Damaging Activity in Stream or Watershed

Examples:

Removal of trees along stream bank

the use of machinery in the stream

the filling or disturbance of a wetland

dumping (i.e. releasing large amounts of man-made materials into the stream or wetland), and excessive littering

air pollution

PA Dept. of Environmental Protection

Southeast Regional Office

2 East Main Street

Norristown, PA 19401

(484)250-5900

     Emergency Response

www.depweb.state.pa.us/southeastro

Threats to Aquatic Life

- Notable increase in algae

- Unnaturally large quantities of dead fish

- Illegal Fishing

- Destruction of stream banks

PA Fish & Boat Commission Southeast Region

Brubaker Valley Road, PO Box 9
Elm, PA 19721
(717) 626-0228(for law enforcement)(717) 626-9081(For education)www.fish.state.pa.us/

Threats to Wildlife

Illegal Hunting

 

PA Game Commission Southeast Region
448 Snyder Road
Reading, PA 19605
(610) 926-3136
http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/

Stream Changes

- Excessive algal growth

- Unusual smell and/or color

- Sudden change in clarity of water

- Unusual amount of foam

PA Dept. of Environmental Protection

Southeast Regional Office

2 East Main Street

Norristown, PA 19401
(484)250-5900- Emergency Response
www.dep.state.pa.us

Septic and Well Issues

- Discharge of sewage into stream

- Failing septic systems

- Bacterial contamination in well water

Chester County Health Department

601 Westtown Road, Suite 290, Box 2747
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 344-6225

Recycling

Proper disposal of household hazardous waste

Chester County Waste Authority
7224 Division Highway
Narvon, PA 17555
(610) 273-3771
www.chestercountyswa.org/

Delaware Organizations

Issue

Observations

Organization and Contact Info

Soil Erosion

- Soil entering stream from construction site

- Unnaturally cloudy water

New Castle  Conservation District
2430 Old Country Road
Newark, DE 19702
(302) 832-3100 ext. 3

Damaging Activity in Stream or Watershed

Examples:

- Removal of trees along stream bank

- the use of machinery in the stream

- the filling or disturbance of a wetland

- dumping (i.e. releasing large amounts of man-made materials into the stream or wetland), and excessive littering

DNREC – Division of Water Resources

89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
1-800-662-8802

Emergency Response Hotline
(302) 739-9950

General Information

 

 

Air Quality

- air pollution

DNREC – Division of Air and Waste Management
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 323-4502

Website

Threats to Aquatic Life

- Notable increase in algae

- Unnaturally large quantities of dead fish

- Illegal Fishing

- Destruction of stream banks

DNREC – Division of Fish and Wildlife

89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
1-800-662-8802
Emergency Response Hotline
Website

Threats to Wildlife

Illegal Hunting

 

DNREC – Division of Fish and Wildlife
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research
110 Old Possum Hollow Road
Newark, DE 19711  (care for injured birds)

(302) 739-9913  Enforcement(302) 739-9912 Wildlife
(302) 739-9914 Fisheries (302) 737-9543
Website

Stream Changes

- Excessive algal growth

- Unusual smell and/or color

- Sudden change in clarity of water

- Unusual amount of foam

DNREC

89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
1-800-662-8802
Emergency Response Hotline:(302) 739-9950

General Information

Septic and Well Issues

- Discharge of sewage into stream

- Failing septic systems

- Bacterial contamination in well water

DNREC Division of Water Resources Groundwater Section

(302) 739-5361
Website

Recycling

Proper disposal of household hazardous waste

Delaware Solid Waste Authority
1128 S. Bradford Street
PO Box 455
Dover, DE 19903
1-800-404-7080
Citizen’s Response Line:
(302) 739-5361
Office
http://www.dswa.com/

 

Other Organizations to Consider:

            Delaware Riverkeeper Pollution Hotline: 1-800-8DELAWARE

http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/takeaction/report.asp


 

 

 

 

 

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