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In order to comply with the requirements of the  National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit, Lee County must establish regulations prohibiting illicit discharges into the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) and provide sufficient means to monitor and enforce local discharge regulations. With this in mind,  The Lee County Land Developement Code (Article VII, Clean Water Provisions), have been adopted to provide legal authority to prohibit any illicit, inappropriate or harmful discharges into the MS4 or waters of Lee County that could cause environmental problems that cost the public and private sectors in terms of lost resources and expensive environmental restoration activities.

Illicit discharge or illicit stormwater  discharge means any discharge into the Lee County MS4 and/or waters of the United States that is not composed entirely of stormwater, except discharges made in accordance with a county issued development order consistent with the Lee County MS4 permit, an independent NPDES permit, as a result of fire fighting activities or otherwise specifically exempted under LCDC 14-474.  


Many seemly harmless household activities, such as dumping yard waste, draining swimming pools or household waste water from washing machines, dishwashers and water softening devices into ditches, storm drains and canals are also classified as illicit discharges.  These activities can and do cause severe problems in our waterways.  Ditches and storm drains are not connected to the sanitary sewer system.  They flow directly into streams, lakes, rivers, estuaries, bays and eventually the Gulf of Mexico. 

If you see any polluting activities taking place, please report by clicking in the corresponding agency below for your area:

                    Unincorporated Lee County  
City of Bonita Springs
   City of Cape Coral  
   City of Fort Myers  
   City of Sanibel  
   Town of Fort Myers Beach  
   Lehigh Acres (East County Water Control District)   
   State Highways or Interstate