Environmental Protection Division

The Environmental Protection Division operates a diverse assemblage of local environmental programs to protect the County's natural resources.

Environmental Protection Division

Environmental Protection Division

The Environmental Protection Division operates a diverse assemblage of local environmental programs concerned with water quality, air quality, stormwater, wetland protection, pollutant storage tanks, water wells, hazardous waste management, phosphate mining, major earthmoving, and waste water residuals ('sludge') landspreading. In addition, we participate in all 3 of the local estuary programs to develop consensus-based solutions to the area's environmental challenges. read on Environmental Protection Division

Division Programs

Air and Watershed Management

Air and Watershed Management

Duties include monitoring air and water quality and managing the County's stormwater permit. read on

Groundwater Management

Groundwater Management

This section protects groundwater and drinking water. read on

Mining Services

Mining Services

Manatee County locally regulates phosphate and borrow pit mining operations. read on

Environmental Complaints

Environmental Complaints

We will investigate environmental complaints. To report a complaint or for more information on our complaint investigation process, please follow this link. read on Environmental Complaints

Environmental Emergencies

Environmental Emergencies

Life-threatening emergencies should be reported directly to local emergency officials by calling 911 from any telephone or cellular telephone. This will ensure the most rapid and appropriate response. read on Environmental Emergencies

About Environmental Protection

About Environmental Protection

The Environmental Protection Division protects air, surface water and groundwater quality in the County's watersheds and estuaries. The division monitors ambient air and surface water quality throughout the County to meet regulatory requirements as well as to provide a measure of the the effectiveness of regional efforts to improve our environment. Through contracts and agreements with state and regional agencies, we operate local pollutant storage tank, small quality generator of hazardous waste, and water well construction programs. Our mining program administers the County's phosphate mining and reclamation rules providing local oversight on major earthmoving projects with a primary focus on phosphate mining and shell pit operations. We have many responsibilities under the Manatee County Land Development Code. read on About Environmental Protection