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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Homepage:

For all the information regarding The Florida National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program visit the FDEP website at:

All the information regarding the programs, including the FDEP rules visit:

Generic permit forms for the NPDES stormwater program can be located at:

For all the information regarding NPDES Stormwater & Stormwater/Non-Point Source Management Programs visit the FDEP website at:

"The Importance of Cleaning Up After Your Pet"

"Backyard Environmental Education" -

Florida offers some of the nation's most scenic coastlines, but preventing degradation of our seascape requires balanced, common sense management. Understanding the complexities of our resources and learning how we affect our environment will improve how we manage our coastal environment. We have implemented ecosystem management by introducing marinas, boat yards and boaters to simple, innovative solutions called the Florida Clean Marina Program.

SWFWMD - "The mission of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), sometimes referred to as "SwiftMud," is to manage the water and water-related resources within its boundaries."

Southwest Florida Water Management District
2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899
352-796-7211 or 800-423-1476 (FL only)

Visit the SWFWMD Kids Page featuring Environmental Activities such as "Waterdrops" and "Watershed Excursion" where a virtual excursion of the Hillsborough River Watershed will take you down the Hillsborough River from its beginnings in the Green Swamp to the mouth of Tampa Bay.
SWFWMD even has a website for Teachers. Go here and find the latest educational materials for use in classroom discussion and projects. Information available for grades K - 12. is the State of Florida's internet information portal. is a resource tool, developed by the State Technology Office in conjunction with state agencies, to help you locate state government information available through the world wide web. The portal will also allow you to search through databases and participate in online services available to citizens, businesses, state employees, and visitors of Florida. Topics have a very wide range including such items as: doing business with the state, locating information about our beautiful state parks, applying for professional licenses, and determining services available for our families and senior citizens.
Official State of Florida website:

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
Visit the EPA's Stormwater Program website at for additional NPDES program information and guidance, along with current Phase II updates.

For information regarding sound environmental practices for commercial or industrial facilities, the following website has brochures that can be downloaded and printed from your computer. Visit the Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management website at   "The Center's mission is to coordinate and engage in research, training and service activities relating to solid and hazardous waste management issues."
The Center is located at the University of Florida in the College of Engineering
Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
2207-D NW 13th Street
Gainesville, Florida 32609

Florida Department of Transportation
Since its inception in 1990, Florida's Adopt-A-Highway Program has been very successful in reducing the cost of litter removal and improving the appearance of highway right of way throughout Florida.

Beautiful Landscapes and Environmental Protection
The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program is an educational outreach program informing homeowners how they can be more environmentally friendly with their landscape care practices and how this can help protect Florida's natural environment for future generations.

Objectives of the FY&N program are to:

  • Conserve water
  • Reduce stormwater runoff
  • Decrease non-point source pollution
  • Enhance wildlife habitat
  • Create beautiful landscapes

Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program The Charlotte Harbor NEP is a partnership that protects the Charlotte Harbor estuaries from Venice to Estero Bay by improving the ecological integrity of the watershed. This partnership gives citizens, elected officials, resource managers, and commercial and recreational resource users in the 4,400-square-mile study area a voice to address diverse resource management concerns including fish and wildlife habitat loss, water quality and water flow. The watershed in the study area includes all or parts of Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Polk, Hardee and DeSoto counties.

Charlotte County Extension Service
25550 Harbor View Road, Unit 3
Port Charlotte, Florida 33980
Phone: (941) 764-4340
Fax: (941) 764-4343

The Charlotte County Cooperative Extension Service is a partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), and Charlotte County. Research-based education is offered by trained professionals and volunteers in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development.