Surface Water Quality

​Polluti​on Prevention​

Stormwater pollution is the number one source of pollution for streams, rivers and lakes. Seemingly small sources of pollution accumulate into large sources when they all wash away and come together into the storm drainage system and our local streams, rivers and lakes.

Preventing pollution as part of daily living and work is one of the best ways to prevent small sources from adding up into big problems. Preventing pollution is also a lot less expensive than cleaning it up or trying to restore water quality after pollution is already there.

There are two ways pollution prevention is encouraged: Education and Ordinances


Each year, pollution prevention education is provided to thousands of residents, businesses and municipal employees through presentations, mailings, contests, brochures, and one-on-one interactions. See any of the following for more information and resources about pollution prevention education.


Surface water pollution control ordinances prohibit the discharge of pollutants into the storm drainage system, streams, lakes, or other surface waters. Through the issuance of penalties and other enforcement mechanisms, the intention of these ordinances is to make generating pollution more expensive and burdensome than preventing it.​

Violations of pollution ordinances can result in local fines of up to $10,000 per day, per event.

Local Surface Water Quality Pollution Ordinances:

For more information contact:​​

Ryan Spidel

Mecklenburg County Environmental Supervisor

Andrew DeCristofaro​

City of Charlotte Water Quality Specialist

Report Pollution

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