|| August 9, 2010
|| Mindy Fohn
Kitsap County SSWM
|| 360-337-5777 or
Citizens Encouraged to Report Water Pollution
(Port Orchard, WA)-Kitsap County citizens can now report water
pollution concerns, including spills into the storm drains, to Kitsap 1
(360) 337-5777. The County, in partnership with the Cities of Poulsbo, Port
Orchard, Bremerton and Bainbridge Island, has established a hotline for
people to report stormwater pollution. All of us can improve water quality
by cleaning up spills when they happen, and reporting dumping into storm
drains and waterways.
Why is it important to report stormwater pollution?
Rain picks up pollutants left on the ground, and washes them into the
stormwater system and waterways. Storm drains are designed to reduce
potential flooding of streets and properties when it rains, but, unlike the
sewer system, storm drains are not connected to treatment plants.
It is important that stormwater runoff is clean because it drains with
little or no treatment into our creeks, bays and eventually Puget Sound.
What should people report?
If you see someone pouring something into a ditch, storm drain or creek,
call the hotline.
Report spills of:
- muddy runoff
- yard waste
How can people report water pollution?
The water pollution hotline is (360) 337-5777. Kitsap 1 staff will answer
calls between 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. People can leave
a message if calling after hours. At your request, you may remain anonymous.
Call 911 if there is an imminent threat to human health or the environment,
such as large chemical or oil spills or sewage overflows.
What happens after the hotline call?
The incident will be investigated, or referred to the proper agency, such as
the Kitsap County Health District. Follow-up actions include educating the
responsible party, clean up or possibly fines.
Mindy Fohn, Kitsap County’s Water Quality Manager, says “We are not focused
on issuing fines, but want to help people understand that preventing
polluted runoff is one important way to help clean up Puget Sound. If you
see something, say something.”
Advertising the Water Pollution Hotline
Kitsap County and the Cities are informing the public about the water
pollution hotline in a variety of ways:
- WasteWise newsletter -- mailed to every household in
- Magnets -- to be distributed to businesses and residents
- Print and web advertisements in local newspapers
- On Kitsap County vehicles -- vehicle graphics or magnets
placed on street sweepers, vactor trucks, inspectors'
- More info on SSWM's web site
The SSWM Program promotes and protects public health, safety and welfare by
establishing a comprehensive, sustainable approach to surface and stormwater
To see examples of water pollution problems and solutions, or for more
information about the Surface and Stormwater Management program, visit
Surface and Stormwater Management Program
Puget Sound Starts Here"