Pollution Reporting

Activities such as spills, dumping of wastes, and illegal discharge of boat sewage have the potential to pollute our environment and threaten the health of people, plants, and animals and should be reported to the proper authorities. Reporting activities that negatively impact water quality, whether intentional or unintentional, can help protect Galveston Bay.

 

Type of Complaint Who to Contact Hours Telephone
Statewide pollution complaints Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Environmental Complaint System 24hr (888) 777-3186
Galveston County Pollution Complaints
Galveston County Health District  24hr (406) 938-2251
Harris County Pollution Complaints Harris County Pollution Control Services Day (713) 920-2831
  • Sewage, water-borne illness
Water Problem Day
Night
(713) 274-6300
(713) 920-2831
  • Wastewater/trash dumping
Neighborhood Nuisance Day
Night
(713) 274-6300
(713) 920-2831
Oil or chemical spills Federal National Response Center  24hr (800) 424-8802
Oil spills or dumping Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program  24hr (800) 832-8224
Abandoned or submerged vessels Derelict Vessel Coordinator
  •  Galveston
Derelict Vessel Coordinator  24hr (866) 894-7664
  •  Laporte Office (Galveston Bay area)
Derelict Vessel Coordinator  24hr (281) 470-1191
Fish kills Region 3 Kills and Spills Team  24hr (281) 842-8100
Boat sewage complaints Operation Game Thief  24hr (800) 792-4263
  •  Harris County
TPWD Game Warden Captain Fred Ruiz  Day (713) 779-8977
  •  Galveston County
TPWD Game Warden Captain Eddie Tanuz  Day (409) 933-1947
Industrial plant concerns (281) 467-2237
Unauthorized dredge or fill (in waters of US/wetlands) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, Regulatory Branch, Compliance Section Unauthorized Activity Report Form

 

 

Reporting Other Concerns        

Activities such as spills, dumping of wastes, and illegal discharge of boat sewage have the potential to pollute our environment and threaten the health of people, plants, and animals and should be reported to the proper authorities. Reporting activities that negatively impact water quality, whether intentional or unintentional, can help protect Galveston Bay.

Type of Complaint Who to Contact Hours Telephone
Dead birds Harris County Mosquito Control Division 24hr (713) 440-4800
Fish kills Region 3 Kills and Spills Team (281) 842-8100
Stranded sea turtles Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network 1-866-TURTLE-5
1-866-877-8535
Stranded marine mammals Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network 1-800-9-MAMMAL
1-800-962-6625
Injured animals Wildlife Rehabilitators by County

 

Frequently Asked Questions about making environmental complaints

Help GBF track pollution concerns around the bay by also posting your reports on the Galveston Bay Action Network.

Please let us know if any links or contact information is ineffective or out of date at waterquality@galvbay.org or (281) 332-3381 x217.