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Pollution in your creek, lake, or pond? There's an app for that


Charlotte-Mecklenburg has nearly 3,000 miles of creeks. That's about the same distance as from Charlotte to Los Angeles. In that space, there are 100,000 or more storm drains.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services is calling on all citizens to be Water Watchers and help them spot creek, lake and pond pollution as well as illegal dumping down storm drains.

Now it's easier than ever to report pollution with the introduction of the Water Watchers app.

Smart phone users can report pollution in creeks and lakes anytime, anywhere. The app is available from the iTunes store and Google Play market as well as for independent devices. Only a handful of other locations in the nation have apps like this available.

Users can report funny smelling creeks, discolored creek water and aquatic life problems like fish kills. It's easy to attach a photo, giving valuable information to the investigator who will receive the request for service and respond.

The app also takes advantage of the phone's mapping and GPS capabilities so that users don't have to track down the nearest address to a creek or storm drain.

"We are so excited to offer this service to the citizens of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County," says Water Quality Educator Jennifer Frost. "Storm Water Services is grateful for the help of citizens and anything we can do to make that faster and easier is helpful to the environment."

Citizens can still call 311 to talk to an operator or visit stormwater.charmeck.org to report pollution online.

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