Enforcement Program

Report illicit discharges by calling 727-834-3611

OVERVIEW

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit requires compliance with all applicable water quality regulations related to stormwater runoff and ensuring that all of the county’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems are functional and well-maintained. The Permit also requires the county to document enforcement statistics for each reporting year. Enforcement action typically includes monetary penalties, notices of violation, written warnings, and citations issued to owners and/or operators.

Erosion and Sediment Control Violations

Improperly installed erosion and sediment control
Best Management Practices (BMPs), or lack of such BMPs, may result in violations of state water quality standards resulting from sediment discharge into wetlands or downstream areas. Each active construction site meeting the 1-acre threshold is expected to include a display of a Notice of Intent to Issue and the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, with appropriate BMPs at the site location. The NPDES Permit requires reporting violations, which can result in fines being levied against the responsible party.

Illicit Discharge Violations 

Failure to properly install adequate erosion and sediment controls
This violation covers a wide variety of infractions of state water quality standards and can result in the discharge of turbid waters from a development site into adjacent waterways, wetlands or other natural systems. An illicit discharge is a release of anything other than stormwater runoff into Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) facilities. You can help reduce and prevent stormwater pollution by reporting illicit discharges or illegal dumping by calling 727-834-3611.

Illegal Dumping


Illegal Dumping Violations 

Disposal of "waste," trash, or refuse of any kind in areas other than legal collection sites
Illegal dumping is monitored by the department, and is regulated in Section 404 of the Land Development Code. This activity may sometimes qualify for NPDES permit documentation, especially when done in Municipal Separate Storm Sewers facilities. Dumping in upland areas is regulated by County Land Development Code 90-1.b.1.



Illegal Fill Violations

Illegal Filling ViolationDepositing fill without a county permit: Depositing fill requires a county permit unless the amount is under five (5) cubic yards and is deposited upland (non-floodplain or wetland). Filling in wetlands or in floodplains is regulated and permits (county and/or Water Management District) may be required for such activities.

The placement of fill is regulated pursuant to the county’s Land Development Code Section 403.6, and a county permit may be required in unincorporated Pasco County in recognition that fill may cause adverse impacts to watersheds, drainage patterns, native habitats, air, and water quality. Fill may also create erosion and sediment discharge problems that affect the quality of receiving waterways and wetlands.

Exemptions From Fill Permitting

Certain fill activities are exempt from the county’s Site Development Permit requirements, as described in Section 403.6.C of Chapter 400, subject to specific prohibitions of the cited Land Development Code. 

Prohibitions

No fill may be placed within a wetland or designated special flood hazard area.