Stormwater Runoff is rainfall that does not seep into the ground but runs off over our yards, streets, parking lots, and buildings. The runoff then enters our stormsewer system which flows directly into creeks, lakes, Tampa Bay, or the Gulf of Mexico.
Only Rain Down the Drain:
Pinellas County Code prohibits pollutants from entering surface waters, the drainage system, or roads leading to storm drains. Additionally, no connection can be made to the stormsewer without proper permits.
Pinellas County provides stormdrain marking materials. You can request the stormdrain placard below to put on your community stormdrains and the bilingual doorhanger (English/Spanish) to distribute to your neighbors by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any illicit discharge or connection is punishable by fines of up to $10,000
How You Can Make a Difference:
Certain categories of businesses are required to apply for a Multi Sector Generic Permit (MSGP) with the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
All construction sites must be properly contained to avoid runoff.