Any and all "dumping" into the waters or systems is considered illegal, even if they are "biodegradable" or "natural" such as grass clippings, tree trimmings, etc., even these can cause an imbalance of nutrients in our waterbodies, which could cause long term problems, such as algae blooms and fish kills.
This includes discharges or dumping into lakes, streams, rivers, canals, ditches, stormwater ponds, or even into a manhole, stormdrain, or curb inlet in the street.
To report a fuel or chemical spill, call 911.
To obtain rules and requirements for aquatic plant removal, call Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) at 407-275-4004.
Dial *DEP from Cingular cell phones to Report Environmental Crimes:
Floridians now have a new tool for protecting the states natural resources. DEP, in partnership with Cingular Wireless, unveiled *DEP. Visitors and residents can now simply dial *DEP from Cingular cell phones to report major environmental crimes, which include illegal dumping of hazardous materials, construction debris, oil drums and biological waste. The program will allow for statewide consistency in the way Floridians, particularly motorists with cell phone only access, report environmental crimes. Calls will be answered at the State Warning Point and information forwarded to DEP law enforcement officers for investigation. *DEP is an emergency line for reporting environmental crimes only.
Callers without wireless access can report environmental crimes to the State Warning Point at (800) 320-0519.
General environmental inquiries should be directed to DEP district offices during business hours.
The Division of Law Enforcement is responsible for statewide environmental resource law enforcement, providing law enforcement services to Floridas state parks and greenways and trails. Agents investigate environmental resource crimes and illegal dredge and fill activities and respond to natural disasters, civil unrest, hazardous material incidents and oil spills that can threaten the environment.