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Report Pollution & Water Quality Issues

Report pollution or water quality issues with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper staff so we can continue to safeguard our waterways.

Report Pollution or a Water Quality Issue
As a member of the community, you are our best ally to be a champion for our waterways. Don’t let pollution go unnoticed. If you see something, say something. Learn how to report possible pollution incidents.
We will not share your name or contact information without your permission. 
Report a Spill (Oil)
  • Report petroleum or chemical spills to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Spill Hotline at 1-800-457-7362.
  • Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper also appreciates community member reports of spills so that we can follow-up with agencies and stay informed. Contact Liz Cute at or 716-852-7483 x 23.
Report an Algae Bloom
Report Sewage or Other Pollution Issues
  • Call a DEC Environmental Conservation Officer at their dispatch line 1-844-DEC-ECOs (1-844-332-3267)  
  • Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s Sewage Pollution mitigation webpage highlights our local issues and what we are doing to address the problem. Click here to learn more.
Report Wildlife Issue
  • Utilize this link to learn more about who to contact with issues relating to wildlife like injured animals. Report fish kills to a DEC Environmental Conservation Officer at their dispatch line 1-844-DEC-ECOs (1-844-332-3267) 



Have other observations from the watershed you would like to share? Join our Volunteer Facebook Page today to share fun observations with fellow water lovers!
Visit the Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance website for Septic Care Resources and other information
Visit Erie County's Stormwater Management Program Documents
Is there another concern that you would like to discuss with BNW staff? Email Liz Cute at or call 716-852-7483 x23