Stormwater Pollution

Rainwater, also known as stormwater, flows across the land and either soaks into the ground or runs into our storm drains and waterways. When rain falls on your yard or street, it carries pollutants to the nearest storm drain. The storm drains carry the stormwater mixed with pollutants directly to our creeks and waterways. Examples of pollutants that threaten our waterways are:
  • Construction site soil erosion including mud in the streets
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Grease
  • Pet waste left on the ground
  • Sewage
  • Soaps and detergents
  • Solvents
  • Trash and debris
  • Vehicle fluids (motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, fuels) paints
Citizens may report complaints of stormwater pollution or dumping of pollutants into stormwater drains by calling 317-776-8495 or electronically by completing an online form. To report a storm drainage problem, fill out an online form or call the Surveyor's Office at 317-776-8495. If the problem is serious and needs immediate attention call Indiana Department of Environmental Management's 24-hour hotline: 888-233-7745 or call 911.