Report A Stormwater Violation
If you see a stormwater problem or illegal dumping, please contact your municipal stormwater manager.
For immediate assistance contact the RIDEM Office of Compliance and Inspection at (401) 222-1360 or DEM.Compliance2@dem.ri.gov.
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What is an Illicit Discharge?
Only rain belongs in storm drains. Under state and local laws, illegal discharges include:
Used motor oil and antifreeze
Used cooking oil and grease
Soapy wash water
Mop sink rinse water
Pet waste (including poop bags!)
Food waste and wrapping, trash, and cigarette butts
Muddy water from disturbed areas and construction sites
Concrete mixing rinse water
Leaves, grass clippings, and other yard waste
What’s the Problem?
Storm drains rush polluted water directly to the nearest stream or pond without any treatment. That polluted water winds up in the water we drink, fish, and swim. In addition, catch basins clogged with debris, yard waste, and trash can cause roadway flooding or can become a breeding ground for rats and roaches.
What about Construction Sites?
Have you ever seen muddy water flowing to storm drains from nearby construction areas? Construction sites are required to install and maintain control measures that prevent soil erosion.