Quick Tips for Reducing Stormwater Pollution
Clean Creeks Hotline
The Clean Creeks Hotline can be used to report discharges in the community that may impact the health of local water. County Environmental Protection staff address reports of pollution and educate individuals to protect local water quality. Help keep Alachua County creeks clean. If you see an illegal discharge, call the Clean Creeks Hotline: 352-264-6800.
An illegal discharge includes any of the following released into a waterway, road, or stormdrain:
- Cleaners and solvents
- Wash water (car, mop, carpet cleaning water)
- Landscaping debris (grass clippings, leaves)
- Landscaping chemicals (fertilizer and pesticide)
- Oils and greases Paints
- Pet waste
- Swimming pool discharge
- Construction sediment/dirt
NPDES and the Gainesville Clean Water Partnership
The Gainesville Clean Water Partnership was formed in 2001, when Alachua County, the City of Gainesville, and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) joined to implement the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Municipal Separate Stormwater Systems (MS4) program in the Gainesville Urbanized Area.
Quarterly reports summarize Alachua County Environmental Protection’s efforts to reduce stormwater pollution and include inspections of hazardous materials facilities, response to spills and complaints, public outreach efforts, and investigative projects that are conducted as part of the illicit detection and elimination (IDDEP) program. Reportsare available by request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Our Friends at GainesvilleCreeks.org
"We otter have clean water!"
Gainesvillecreeks.org is your source of information on the creeks, wetlands, and watersheds in Gainesville. Learn how our community cares for water through stormwater management and how you can help keep local waterways beautiful and healthy.
Florida Friendly Landscaping
UF IFAS Extension Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program. Florida-Friendly landscapes protect Florida's unique natural resources by conserving water, reducing waste and pollution, creating wildlife habitat, and preventing erosion. Learn about the nine FFL principles and find helpful resources here.