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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)

Rules and Regulations

City Code Ch1 Sec 1-14 'General Penalty'

Stormwater Ordinance 3838
The Stormwater Ordinance prohibits illicit discharges of non-stormwater into the City storm sewer system, ditches, canals, streams, and lakes. The ordinance does allow for the following exemptions:

Discharges from fire fighting and emergency response activities employing best management practices.

Discharges that meet state water quality standards.

Discharges from facilities that are in compliance with NPDES permit requirements.

The storage, use or disposal of fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or other regulated substances in strict conformance with the EPA registration, manufacture's label requirements and any applicable Federal, State, or local regulations.

City Code Section 86-3Grass Clippings in Street
City Code 86-3 prohibits the placement or deposition of compost, brush, grass, etc. in or on any City street. Enforcers will issue citations, which can cost up to $500.00 per incident.

DISPOSE OF LEAF AND GRASS DEBRIS PROPERLY - We will be stepping up enforcement of proper leaf and grass clipping disposal in an effort to maintain our stormwater drainage systems and decrease the amount of nutrient loading to our lakes and waterways.

Lawn clippings and leaves can clog our storm drains and in turn, cause street flooding. When lawn clippings and leaves enter into our streets and storm system, they are eventually discharged into our lakes and waterways. This type of discharge is a significant source of pollution that results in the filling of our lakes, the accumulation of mucky deposits on our lake bottoms, and poor water quality.

If an abundance of this type of 'high nutrient loading' debris makes its way into our lake, the chemistry of the lake water will be altered, resulting in excessive algae growth and fish kills. Scientific studies have shown that leaves and grass clippings contain high concentrations of nutrients - phosphorous and nitrogen. High nutrient load is the most common cause of pollution in urban lakes and waterways.

The best method for disposing of yard waste is to compost leaves and clippings - the organic compost material can be placed back into your yard and garden.

Please dispose your yard waste properly!

Stormwater Utility Program

Stormwater Ordinance