Encourage Enforcement

Example of mud flood pollution from construction site that failed to control stormwater runoff.

The health of our watershed depends on responsible behavior, protective laws and enforcement of regulations under those laws.

One way to help is to be alert, whether on land or water, to activities that you suspect are creating problems that threaten water quality.

If you suspect an activity might be a violation of building, clearing rules or other non-permitted activity, Anne Arundel County encourages you to report it so that their inspectors can investigate the activity. 

You do not have to make this determination, just report it.

And, you can report suspected violations anonymously.

To make things easier for the inspectors, please include two critical pieces of information:

  1.  The street address of where the suspected violation is happening or has occurred, and
  2.  Pictures of the suspected activity, such as mud flowing into a storm drain, failing stormwater controls at a construction site, tree clearings etc.

Note: If you’re reporting a suspected problem from the river, take latitude and longitude readings from close by the activity. Take pictures.

Report these types of suspected violations to Anne Arundel County’s Inspections and Permits (I&P) department by: 

AA County’s Office of Planning & Zoning handles violations such as:

  • Unregistered or inoperable vehicles
  • Junk
  • Oversize vehicle on residential or Business lots
  • Sign violations, and
  • Fowl/other animals.

Report these suspected violations to:

Other contacts:

MD Natural Resources Police

  • 800.628.9944

MD Department of Environment (spills, etc.)

  • 866.633.4686

Annapolis Harbormaster

  • 410.263.7973