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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 II
(863) 834-3307

Sandra Pope
Lakes Management Biologist
(863) 834-3328

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

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Department of Public Works

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

111th Accredited Agency (APWA)

Annual Events

If you would like to participate in any of these events please contact Laurie Smith at (863) 834-6276.

Classes, Workshops, Volunteering

The Lakes and Stormwater Division coordinates with other organizations to offer a variety of classes and workshops relating to pollution prevention, our lakes, plant management, water quality, NPDES, and erosion control for all. Review more classes and workshops and then contact us to register for an upcoming class or to schedule one for your own homeowners association, scouting, or school group!

Volunteer Events: Regularly, events are scheduled for specific lake basins. Through our Adopt-A-Lake (AAL) program, we provide the equipment (bags, gloves, safety vests, litter grabbers, nets...) while our dedicated volunteers provide the help.

Please contact us to schedule a lake clean-up, storm drain plaque marking, leaf street sweep up, non-native vegetation removal, or native vegetation plantings. Students needing school community service hours are encouraged to participate.

March, April and May - Great American Clean-Up

Volunteers throughout America participate in litter clean-ups.
During the annual event in Lakeland - families, scout troops, school groups, businesses, homeowner associations, and civic and sports clubs participates in litter clean-up around our lakes.  Call Sharon Siegel, Executive Director of Lakeland Clean & Beautiful at (863)834-3306 or contact Laurie Smith at (863)834-6276, for more information.

May - Public Works Week

Public Works Week is an annual American Public Works Association (APWA) event. This event is to promote Public Works and to educate residents about the activities of their local Public Works Departments.

Lakes and Stormwater participates in the City of Lakeland's Public Works celebration at Lakeland's First Friday in Downtown Munn Park. The Lakes and Stormwater display includes project photo updates, Adopt-A-Lake program information, Enviroscape demonstration, and important information on ways to protect our lakes and natural resources.  Visit our
Director's Public Works Week page for more information on this event.

July - Lakes Appreciation Month

This annual observance coordinated through the North American Lakes Management Society (NALMS) is to encourage everyone to become aware of the importance of our lakes and the impacts we have on these individually unique eco-systems!  Coordinating with Lakes Education/Action Drive (LE/AD), residents and groups perform shoreline litter cleanups throughout the City.