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You may observe activities occurring in a stream, wetland, or lake and wonder if that activity has been approved by IDEM. Citizens like you are the eyes and ears of the state when IDEM inspectors are not present. In many instances where individuals contact IDEM regarding an alleged unauthorized activity, no one has applied for Section 401 Water Quality Certification and the activities have not been approved by IDEM. Below, IDEM provides information on how to report a complaint or violation to the agency.
You can file a complaint with IDEM three different ways:
If you have a map of the site, or any digital photos that you've taken, you may find it helpful to print out a copy of the Complaint Submission Form as it will allow you to enclose additional information that you cannot currently attach as part of the on-line complaint submission.
The more information you can provide to IDEM about what specifically is occurring, who is doing the work, and when the activity started, the better. Here is a list of information that is particularly helpful to IDEM when you are investigating a complaint:
You can remain anonymous when reporting a violation or complaint. You do not have to provide any personal information (such as name, phone number, e-mail) when filing a complaint. However, providing personal information enables IDEM to contact you for further information, which is often necessary, and it also allows us to keep you updated on the progress of the complaint investigation. However, any information you submit to IDEM can become public record and can be subject to public records laws.
Your complaint will be referred from IDEM's Complaint Coordinator to a specific project manager within the Section 401 Water Quality Certification Program for investigation and will be coordinated with other local, state, and federal agencies, as necessary.
If you provide IDEM with your contact information, IDEM staff can contact you with the findings of the complaint investigation. If you do not provide your contact information, you may call the Complaint Coordinator at (317) 232-4464 or toll free at (800) 451-6027 ext. 24464 and ask for an update.