Welcome to the Environmental Protection Department
- Mission & Vision
- In The Spotlight
- Earth Day
The Environmental Protection Department provides natural resources protection to the citizens of Alachua County through:
- Water and natural resources protection
- Land conservation and management
- Environmental planning
- Environmental review
- Environmental code enforcement
- Pollution prevention
- Hazardous materials management
- Hazardous waste collection
- Petroleum contamination clean up
- Storage tank compliance inspections
Mission & Vision
To foster a community ethic of responsible environmental stewardship of the land, air, water, and living resources in Alachua County.
Clean water, air, land, and healthy flora and fauna will be preserved and protected in Alachua County by optimizing, not compromising, the balance between natural systems and people.
Take your Passport to the Preserves in honor of EARTH DAY!
Visit one or more of Alachua County’s Nature Preserves between April 10th and May 1st and fill out this simple web form for an entry to win an Earth Day celebration prize! Look for our Passport to the Preserves post on Alachua County’s Facebook Page and post your favorite nature preserve photo in the comments section for another opportunity to win! While you’re visiting the preserves, you can also take pictures and participate in the City Nature Challenge!
Happy Earth Day and Happy Travels!
Aquires, manages, and improves environmentally significant lands to protect water resources, wildlife habitat, and to provide natural areas suitable for resource-based recreation. Visit our site to learn more.
Staff monitor Alachua County's surface water, groundwater, springs and wastewater facilities. Help to protect resources by minimizing your personal pollution. Visit our site to learn more
Staff protect the water, soil, air quality and property values in Alachua County from current and future impacts of hazardous materials discharges. Visit our site to learn more
Staff are responsible for ensuring that new and existing developments comply with Alachua County's land development regulations related to natural and historic resources protection. Visit our site to learn more
Staff provide oversight and management of clean-up at contaminated sites, inspection and regulation of underground storage tanks, promotes reduction in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, provides environmentally proper hazardous waste collection and disposal and promotes public education in pollution prevention. Visit our site to learn more
Manages clean-up of petroleum contaminated sites and the inspection of above ground and underground storage tank facilities.
If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a program or service of the Department of Environmental Protection (EPD), please call EPD at 352-264-6800 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service). Printed materials are available in alternate format upon request.
- Environmental Protection Department
- (352) 264-6800
408 W. University Avenue
- Suite 106
- Gainesville, FL 32601
Hazardous Materials Management
Hazardous Waste Collection
View our Performance Measures Report:
Environmental Protection Performance Measures
**COVID 19 Update**
As always, the health and safety of our team, customers, and citizens is our top priority.
Due to recent and ongoing developments regarding COVID-19, as a precautionary measure, the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department office is open to the public by appointment only. During this time, we continue to maintain all of our business operations and are able to continue to serve the community by phone, through virtual meetings, email and the U.S. Postal Service.
Please feel free to contact us during regular business hours, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, by phone at (352) 264-6800, or online at EPD-Reception@alachuacounty.us.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Stephen Hofstetter, Interim Director