Watershed Bill of Rights

  • You have the right to clean water.
  • You have the right to know the kinds of pollutants that affect clean water and understand the
    sources of those pollutants.
  • You have the right to report sources of illegal pollutants to the correct authority.
  • Clean water not only is essential for all living things, but also improves quality of life and saves taxpayer dollars. That’s right, clean water saves you money! It is both difficult and expensive to remove pollutants from water to use it for drinking, manufacturing, energy production, etc. As a watershed citizen and a taxpayer, you have the right to report water polluting activities that you see. Learn how through the Friends of Deckers Creek Watershed Bill of Rights.

    With particular focus on the potential impacts from natural gas drilling on watersheds, the Watershed Bill of Rights program strives to protect the Deckers Creek watershed through the prevention, reduction and elimination of water pollution by educating local citizens on water polluting activities, the rights of citizens and landowners to report these activities, and how to do so.

    The program includes three main components: a multi media campaign, community education, and a Citizen Scientist monitoring initiative.

    The Watershed Bill of Rights is funded by an Environmental Justice grant through the US EPA with additional support from Three Rivers Quest.

    How Can YOU Help?

    Become informed.

    Know what types of surface water pollution are illegal and how to report issues. You can learn more about illegal dumps, littering, untreated sewage, stream/wetland dredge and fill, construction stormwater, oil and gas drilling and more on the Creek Dog web site.

    Report issues.

    Know who to contact or use the Creek Dog application when you see surface water pollution issues in your watershed. You can call or submit web reports anonymously.

    Is your group interested in starting a Citizen Scientist Group?

    FODC is excited to help other watershed groups start a Citizen Scientist Group for baseline water sampling. We can provide training manuals, presentations, and advice on priority sampling locations within your sampling area. For more information, please contact FODC's AmeriCorps VISTA, Jess Lemley, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .