Report an Environmental Complaint

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The Environmental Protection Division investigates citizen complaints on a wide variety of environmental issues.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • surface water quality
  • construction site erosion and sedimentation control
  • use of the Municipal Stormwater System
  • fish kills
  • algae blooms
  • handling and storage of hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

We have many responsibilities under the Manatee County Land Development Code, several programs delegated to us by the state and are responsible for implementing several County ordinances.

Report a Complaint

The best way to report an environmental complaint is to contact the Manatee County Citizen's Action Center by phone at (941) 742-5800 or online by clicking here. They will take your report and alert all departments potentially involved with a particular complaint, which is particularly useful for resolving environmental complaints.

We'll need the following information:

  • Description of your concern
  • Date and time that you observed the problem
  • Where it occurred (street address near the problem location, if possible)
  • Your name contact information if you want us to call you back with the findings of our investigation

Visit our Environmental Emergencies page to find out how to report an issue regarding air quality, wildlife or boating violations.

The Process

Complaint investigations are interleaved with other field investigations. We cannot offer immediate response in all circumstances.

The length of time to resolve an issue depends upon the complexity of the issue and whether we have to get other Departments or Agencies involved.Any official notifications of non-compliance must be made by registered mail, which adds several days to the process.

In most situations where we can quickly identify and meet with the responsible party we can resolve the issue quickly.

Gallery of Common Environmental Complaints

 


Hay bales

Improper use of a hay bale for erosion control

Roadside gutter

Roadside gutter filled by erosion from adjacent construction sites

Silt fence installation

Specialized silt fence installation for road widening project

Stormwater culvert

A typical stormwater culvert such as those found at road crossings

canals

Canals are the largest structures in the municipal storm sewer system

Oil collection tank

Over-filled waste oil collection tank at a commercial/industrial facility

Pasture

Improved pasture at a typical landspreading site

Inlet with poor erosion protection

Drop inlet with poor erosion and sedimentation protection


Construction site with no erosion controls

Construction site entry with no erosion controls


algae bloom

Algae bloom in an agricultural drainage system caused by excess nutrients

stormwater drop inlet

A typical stormwater "drop inlet" configuration used for road drainage


fish kill in stormwater pond

Fish kill in a stormwater pond caused by cold weather


algae growth in roadside stormwater ditch

Algal growth in a roadside stormwater ditch


pasture with dry cake residuals

Improved pasture immediately after an application of "dry-cake" type residuals


construction site without erosion controls

Construction site without any erosion or sedimentation controls


silt fence

Silt fence on the perimeter of a construction site's disturbed area


turbidity control boom

Typical turbidity control boom deployment

Illicit dumping in wetlands

Illicit dumping in wetlands harms the wetland and causes stormwater pollution


Uncovered portion of material handling and storage area

Uncovered portions of this material handling and storage area are stormwater pollution threats


Improperly labeled drums

Improperly labeled drums behind an commercial/industrial facility


Temporary storage windrows for dry-cake residuals

Typical temporary storage windrows for "dry-cake" residuals