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Report a Water Pollution Emergency

MDEQ 24 Hour Pollution Emergency Alert System 800-292-4706

For hazardous or flammable spills call 9-1-1 immediately.

If the situation is not an emergency, HRWC can help you find the proper contact in the state or local government.  Please email webmaster@hrwc.org with these concerns.

Keep it for Rain Only

Capture, Infiltrate and Clean Rainwater

We depend on storm drains and sewers, drainage ditches and culverts to keep our streets from flooding during storms. Yet, these devices also direct polluted and untreated rainwater straight into our local waterways. Over 50% of the pollution that impacts our water supply occurs when heavy rains or snow melts. This pollution is called runoff. It it washes over land and carries contaminants from our everyday activities into the nearest waterway. Things like phosphorus in lawn fertilizers, pesticides, spilled household cleaners or auto fluids, pet waste, road salt, and more are in runoff, which end up polluting our rivers and streams.

Preventing or slowing run off when rain falls (or snow melts) on roads, parking lots, and rooftops is part of the solution. Here’s how:

Save Water, Save Energy

Using water efficiently and using less of it saves energy, saves money and reduces carbon emissions. Help mitigate global warming impacts to the Huron River with tips and tools for using water wisely.

Prevent Water Pollution

From disposing of prescription drugs through a ”take back” program or choosing phosphorus-free lawn fertilizer, to picking up pet waste or maintaining your septic system, there are many ways to make a difference. Here are a few of our favorites.

Waterfront Home

As an owner of a waterfront property, you have a vital role in protecting the water.  Learn how to be Waterfront Wise today.

Get Involved in Community Decision-Making

Because the quality of the Huron River is directly impacted by the amount of hard surfaces around it, encourage higher density development where infrastructure already exists, and prioritize protecting natural areas that provide the ecological services necessary to maintain clean water.




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