Environment References and Education Resources

Guide to Protecting Orange County's Natural Environment

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Headline 3: Did you know harmful pool substances can pollute our lakes, rivers, springs and wetlands? Be pollution free by visiting the Homeowners’ and Pool Contractors’ Resources webpage: Sustainable Pool Construction & Maintenance.

Headline 4: Don't feed the algae! Fertilizer containing nitrogen and phosphorus cannot be applied to lawns.

Headline 5: To safely serve you, EPD is now accepting requests for virtual and in-person appointments. Please, no walk-ins. Email EPDAppointments@ocfl.net. Visit the Coronavirus Development Services page for more information.

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Land Management and Species Protection:

Hiking and Wildlife Viewing in Orange County:

Education Opportunities:

  • Residential Annual Online Fertilizer Training
  • Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Training
  • Jr. Naturalist Program
  • The Jr. Naturalist Program provides opportunities for youth, ages 8-14, to learn about nature through outdoor exploration, environmental activities and wildlife interaction. Classes are held on a Saturday once a month from September through May, excluding December, with most classes being held on Orange County conservation properties. All classes are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Space is limited and varies per class.

Volunteer and Intern Opportunities:

Water Protection and Conservation:

Waste Management for Residents:


Lake and Water Quality Management

If you would like printed brochures on the following topics, email a request to EPD@ocfl.net.

  • Aquatic Weed Control: Triploid Grass Carp
  • Best Management Practices for Your Lake (Curb Inlet Baskets)
  • Best Management Practices for Your Lake (Hydrodynamic Separator)
  • Best Management Practices for Your Lake (Street Sweeping)
  • Fertilizer Calculation Sheet
  • Fertilizer Management Ordinance
  • Fertilizer Management Ordinance (Spanish)
  • Help Prevent Water Pollution
  • Lakefront Homeowners Handbook
  • MSBU / MSTU (Create a taxing district for your lake.)
  • Residential Permit Guide for Lakeshores and Wetlands
  • Swimming Pool and Spa Maintenance
  • Stormwater Pond Maintenance

Pollution Prevention for Businesses

  • Carpet Cleaners Wastewater Management
  • Compliant Residential Construction Site
  • Demolition & Deconstruction Waste
  • Florida’s Handbook for Small Quantity Generators of Hazardous Waste
  • Generator Improvement Rule
  • Fluorescent Lamps Recycling
  • Mercury in Your Workplace
  • Regulated Waste Surcharge for Businesses
  • Retail Fertilizer Poster (English/Spanish)
  • Storm Drain Inlet Labeling for New Developments
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention for Restaurants

Contact Us

Environmental Protection Division
3165 McCrory Place, Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32803
Email: EPD@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-1400
Fax: (407) 836-1499

Report Concern/ Violations to Orange County 311

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