How do I identify an Illicit Discharge or Connection?

To spot an illicit discharge or connection:

  • Look for makeshift pipes or hoses that lead to a storm drain or body of water.
  • Watch for stains, unusual odors, structural damage to streets or gutters, and abnormal vegetative growth in nearby lakes and streams.

If you see an illicit discharge or connection, report it to your community. The Illicit Discharge and Connection Ordinance, adopted by your community, gives them legal authority to inspect and sample discharge, as well as enforce sanctions for violations.

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1. What is a Drain Assessment?
2. How are assessments determined?
3. Where is the drain located for which I am being assessed?
4. Do all property owners pay drain assessments?
5. What is a Drainage District?
6. I recently purchased my property. Why am I being billed for work done prior to my ownership?
7. What is a Petitioned Project?
8. How does a petition get started?
9. What is a Board of Determination?
10. What is the purpose of a Board of Determination?
11. Does the Board of Determination decide what work gets done?
12. Does the decision of the Board of Determination have to be unanimous?
13. What if I am unable to attend the Board of Determination meeting?
14. Can the decision of the Board of Determination be appealed?
15. Why do I need an Easement?
16. What are the Statutes and Regulations Effecting the Activities of the Drain Commissioner?
17. What is an Illicit Discharge or Connection?
18. How do I identify an Illicit Discharge or Connection?
19. How do I make a FOIA Request?