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What can I do about sediment pollution in my neighborhood?

Because Muddy Water Watch (MWW) is a citizen volunteer project, we would like to utilize the diverse backgrounds and personalities of citizens active in our communities who are concerned about the impacts that growth and construction runoff are having on our waters. We realize that not every interested volunteer will feel comfortable monitoring construction sites, but don't let that discourage you from getting involved.  We have come up with a list of jobs below that will help make MWW successful. You can contribute to changing the way construction sites are developed and maintained in North Carolina.

Muddy Water Watcher

  • Monitor construction sites regularly
  • Take photos of sediment running off construction sites into creeks, streams, and streets
  • Fill out Site Report Cards and your Site Journals
  • Contact local inspector if problem is serious
  • Participate in training sessions once a month
  • Share results and feedback with a Stream keeper
  • Visit sites after a heavy rainfall
  • Upload photos and Site Report Cards to the Muddy Water Watch web site
  • When necessary contact state and local officials
  • When necessary contact your local and state government leaders.


Volunteer Pilot and Photographer

  • Pilots who have access to a plane will take volunteer photographers up to identify trouble areas after rain events
  • Photographers will take photos of these areas, targeting sediment-laden water and trying to track where the sediment is coming from
  • Alert Flier Distributors and Watchers as to areas they should be targeting
  • Send pictures to inspectors and/or appropriate government officials

Communications/Media Volunteers

  • Help other volunteers with evaluations and sending out photos and letters to elected officials
  • Aid the MWW organizer in their watershed in writing effective, targeted articles


Stream Keeper

  • Responsible for aiding other volunteers within their “jurisdiction” in most aspects of MWW
  • Mentor volunteers who come into the project late by filling them in on information and answering questions
  • Work with web maintenance/data managers in uploading photos and Site Report Cards
  • Help flier distributors target areas
  • Work with pilots and photographers in facilitating air time that works with both volunteers’ schedules
  • Patrol construction sites and take photos
  • Build relationships with inspectors in their area so they can be the spokesperson for their group of volunteers
  • Patrol creeks and streams in their region looking for impaired waters and tracking the source of pollution
  • Work with project organizers in their watershed to help recruit and train volunteers