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 (MS4s) 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.
Illicit Discharge Violations 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 (NOI) and the Surface Water 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
This violation type covers a wide variety of infractions of state water quality standards. Failure to properly install adequate erosion and sediment controls can result in the discharge of turbid waters from a development site into adjacent waterways, wetlands or other natural systems. Illicit discharges are the discharge of anything other than stormwater runoff into Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) facilities. To learn more about illicit discharges and what you can do to help reduce and prevent stormwater pollution, view the short film - Preserving our Waterways. Report illicit discharges or illegal dumping by calling 727-834-3611.
Illegal Dumping Violations
Illegal Fill Violations
The deposition of fill requires a county permit, except when it involves under five cubic yards that is in upland (non-floodplain and not a 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. For example, fills of less than five (5) cubic yards are exempt, as cumulative amounts do not exceed five (5) cubic yards.
No fill may be placed within a wetland or designated special flood hazard area.