Helpful Links

Water Pollution and Litter

  • Polk County - Jeff Spence, Director, Natural Resources 534-7377
  • Lakeland - Doug Gleckler, Lakes Manager 834-8439
  • Winter Haven - Mike Britt, Lakes Manager 291-5891
  • Canal Commission - Roger Griffiths, 293-1441
  • Litter Hot Line, Polk County 534 7659 or
  • Extreme litter including appliances on public rights of way 877 891 6430

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • General Information 863 648-3206
  • Fish kills 800 636 0511
  • Bird deaths, unusual number 863 648 3205
  • Development near an endangered or threatened species 888 404 FWCC (888 404 3922) or cell #FWC
  • Illegal hunting or poaching 888 404 FWCC
  • Nuisance alligator 888 404 FWCC
  • Dead or injured threatened or endangered species 888 404 FWCC

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

  • Lakefront Clearing 863 534 7074
  • New fencing on sovereignty lands 813 744 6100
  • New docks 813 744 6100
  • Dredging and filling activities relating to single family residences (not part of a new development) such as new docks, seawalls, boat ramps, fences, sand beaches, dredging or filling for the residence itself including septic systems, pool, garage, etc., fences, and mangrove trimming 813 744 6100
  • Criminal violations threatening the environment or public health for private gain 877 272 8335 or http://www.savefl.org

Southwest Florida Water Management District

  • General Information 863 534 1448
  • Well construction violations 800 423 1476
  • Watering restrictions 800 423 1476
  • Irrigation violations Local Police or Sheriff's Office or 800 423 1476
  • Dredge and fill for large developments 800 423 1476

Polk County Environment Services

  • Questionable septic tank placement or illegal septic dumping 863 519 8330
  • Suspicious bird deaths for West Nile virus (crows, jays, doves, birds of prey) 800 871 9703
  • Hazardous materials - call 911 - ask for fire services
  • Forest fires and illegal burning 648 3163
  • Polk County government departments, descriptions of services rendered, who to contact

 Woodland Wonders

Injured bird and mammal hotline (including eagles and other birds of prey)

  • Joan Waters, Woodland Wonders 863 967 3298
  • Emergency veterinarian Dr. Tom Schotman 863 676 1451

Suspected rabies Animal Control 499-2600 #2


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