Bay Patrol 2018-01-08T11:18:00+00:00

Bay Patrol conducts 100+ pollution patrols per year, in all weather & conditions, at all hours of the day.  We have eyes on the water.

Our Bay Patrol Vessel

Protecting these waters requires constant vigilance. In them you can find port operations, deep open water, and scores of the Pacific Northwest’s iconic animals. Such a complex and diverse area requires equally diverse protection strategies. As the only environmental organization with a patrol vessel in the South Sound, Citizens for a Healthy Bay has a unique ability to quickly identify and tackle pollution that would otherwise go unnoticed or unchecked.  Bay Patrol is supported by contracts with the City of Tacoma and the Port of Tacoma, and works closely with the Department of Ecology, and other state & local agencies.  If you have any questions, or are curious about how you or your organization can get involved, please email baypatrol@healthybay.org or call (253) 383-2429.

Call or Text the Water Pollution Hotline:

(253) 255-3895

To report a spill on or near the water, improper disposal of chemicals or hazardous waste, contaminants running into a storm drain, derelict or abandoned vessels, or any other water pollution issues whatsoever, please call or text our dedicated Water Pollution Hotline at (253) 255-3895.

When making a report, please provide the following information:

  • A description of what you are reporting

  • The date and time the pollution occurred

  • A precise location, such as a street address, business name, lat/long, or landmark

Note:  The hotline is operated from a cell phone and can receive picture messages, and it is indeed helpful if you are able to text us some photos of what you’re reporting, as long as it is safe to take pictures and you don’t endanger yourself by doing so.

Reporting party information is kept confidential, and anonymous tips are allowed, though someone may attempt to call or message you back to request additional details.

Calls, messages, and texts are accepted 24/7, so if you see something, don’t wait to report it!