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Charles County, Maryland

Help Stop Water Pollution!

Help Stop Water Pollution!

Water pollution is defined as the contamination of water bodies, including lakes, rivers, oceans, aquifers and groundwater.  Humans and wildlife depend on clean water to survive, it is essential to sustain life.  Access to clean water is one of the largest global health risks.  When water becomes unfit for drinking and recreation, human and wildlife populations suffer.  Water pollution does not only affect people around the world, it affects our local communities.  Sources of water pollution in Charles County include:

automotive fluids, oils & grease
industrial waste
pesticides/fertilizers


yard waste/pet waste 
paint
litter
road salt
leaking or overflowing sewage pipes
 

 

There are many other polluting substances that can accumulate in our streams and rivers and polluted stormwater runoff is one of the biggest water quality threats.  Practicing good watershed stewardship and behaving responsibly protects water quality and reduces the potential for water pollution.  This is not just the responsibility of government; it is up to each of us. Protecting water quality can be accomplished by everyone! 

What Can I Do?

Click on each of the links below to learn how YOU can protect our streams and rivers, and reduce pollution from stormwater runoff!

Reporting Pollution Issues

Charles County’s Storm Drain Ordinance regulates and protects waterways by prohibiting illicit discharges to the municipal storm drain, which drains to our rivers and streams.  To report water pollution that is occurring or has occurred, click here: Report A Structure or Property Complaint.