Construction crews sometimes make our streets dirty — and you should definitely report it

Construction crews sometimes make our streets dirty — and you should definitely report it
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There’s no denying, Charlotte is a boomtown right now.

In areas like Plaza Midwood, South End and West End, there are new apartments, homes and commercial centers going up all the time.

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But when you add rain and construction, there’s a big problem: Muddy streets. And sometimes they don’t get cleaned up.

Plaza Midwood in particular has complained recently about mud being tracked into neighborhood streets. It’s also been an issue in Elizabeth.

Photo by Rob Gusch

Photo by Rob Gusch

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Photo by Rob Gusch

Disgusting. This is illegal. And yes, you should report it.

Sediment (read: dirt) is the No. 1 pollutant for our local waterways, and the city takes finding and cleaning up things like this seriously, said Kristen O’Reilly of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services.

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She said construction crews are supposed to have measures in place to control soil erosion, but obviously that doesn’t always happen.

Ways to report dirty streets or other types of pollution:

1) Call 311.

2) Use the Water Watchers app.

3) Use this online form.

There’s not really a way to punish people, so you have to keep reporting it.

I mean, technically there is a mechanism to punish people, but it’s really only used in extreme cases. For example, when the NASCAR Plaza building dumped a bunch of diesel fuel into Little Sugar Creek. Owner Parkway Properties had to pay $46,990 for cleanup and a $4,225 civil penalty.

Photo by Water Watchers via Twitter

Photo by Water Watchers via Twitter

For the smaller-scale things, the city can go and make the companies clean up the streets (and they did in the case of the dirty streets above).

Cover photo by Rob Gusch‎.

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