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Pollution Hotline

(863) 834-3300

Laurie Smith
Manager of Lakes & Stormwater
(863) 834-6276

Jessica Schilling
Senior Environmental Specialist
(863) 834-8439

Cole Edwards, P.E.
Engineering Technician
(863) 834-3307

Sandra Pope
Lakes Management Specialist
(863) 834-3328

Cody O'Gorman
Environmental Technician II
(863) 834-8438

Carlos Sierra Rodriguez
Operations Support Tech 1
(863) 834-8441

Christina Smith
Office Associate 1
(863) 834-3300

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Department of Public Works 

Lakes and Stormwater Division
407 Fairway Ave.
Lakeland, Florida 33801

111th Accredited Agency (APWA)

Classes and Workshops

Classes and workshops are FREE (except where noted), although registration is desirable for event planning.

For upcoming events contact Laurie Smith at (863) 834-6276.

Girl Scout Badge Program

We assist with providing the resources and technical knowledge for Girl Scout troops to learn about lakes, stormwater, and natural resources within Lakeland and Florida while earning scout badges and learning to live the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Badge Projects for Juniors (Grades 4-6 or 9, 10, and 11 years old) include the following:

  • Outdoors In The City (Lets Get Outdoors) Girl Scouts Logo
  • Your Outdoor Surroundings (Lets Get Outdoors)
  • Eco-Action (Lets Get Outdoors)
  • Camp Together (Lets Get Outdoors)
  • Water Wonders (Explore and Discover)
  • Environmental Health (Be Healthy, Be Fit)
  • Local Lore (Family and Friends)

Contact us for more information.

To learn more about the Girl Scouts visit

Rain Barrels

Water is critical in many of our areas. Harvesting rainwater has many benefits:Rain Barrel

  • Lower your water bill
  • Preserve your well water supply
  • Use water on your own schedule
  • Improve your soil's PH balance
  • Reduce stormwater runoff
  • Reduce erosion and flooding
  • Relieve sewer demand
  • Help protect rivers, streams, lakes and the environment

Rainwater is naturally soft, and contains minerals lawns and plants need. Rain barrel workshops are free and rain barrels are available for purchase at workshops.

Contact our staff or Anne Yasalonis with Florida Yards & Neighborhoods at (863) 519-8677 ext. 121 regarding registering
or scheduling a class for your group.

Home Composting

A great way to improve soil for plant growth is by adding compost (made from partially decomposed yard, organic and food waste). Learn methods of composting to determine the method that will work best for you. Workshops are FREE, and compost bins will be available for purchase. To learn more about this program visit the Florida Yards & Neighborhood web site or contact us or Anne Yasalonis at (863) 519-8677 ext 121.

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Certification

This program is for anyone in the commercial landscape and maintenance field. The class meets the 8 hour training requirement for certification with an opportunity to take the examination at the end of the course. Current certified participants may receive 4 hours of continuing education units necessary for license renewal. Class fee is $40.00 for each participant. Test fee is $150.00 for each participant. For more information, to register, or schedule a class for your group contact Mr. David Shibles, Natural Resources Extension Agent, from the University of Florida - Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF-IFAS) Corporative Extension Service of Polk County at (863) 519-8677 ext 109.

Florida Friendly Landscaping

Are you wondering how to plant and what to plant for certain environmental conditions? Or when and how much to water your lawn or garden? WFlorida Yards & Neighborhoodsant to learn more about proper application of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides on your lawn?...and what 'backyard conservation' is? If you are interested in the above topics as well as other Florida Friendly Landscaping practices, then come join us at the Florida Friendly Landscape Workshop. To learn more about this program visit the Florida Yards & Neighborhood web site or call Anne Yasalonis at (863) 519-8677 ext 121.