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Report Illegal Dumping 772-226-1888

Stormwater Division

Statement of Function
Stormwater Division is charged with reducing to the maximum extent practicable, the pollution of the Indian River Lagoon caused by stormwater runoff and base groundwater flow. It is also responsible for helping the County implement federally mandated National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Permit goals. These goals are accomplished through design, construction, and operation of regional stormwater pollution removal systems; education; and fertilizer, sediment, and erosion control enforcement and monitoring.

Stormdrain Awareness Art project

Only Rain Down The Drain! The Indian River County Stormdrain Awareness Art project kicks off with its first official painted drain at the County Admin building! The project, started by Alexis Peralta, County Stormwater Educator, is to educate citizens about the importance of our stormdrains and preventing pollution. The project could not be accomplished without the partnership and dedication of Crystal Ploszay owner of Unicorn Epoxy, and Linda Moore President of the Downtown Vero Beach Mural Project. The first drain is painted by local artist Deanna Derosia, owner/creator of Sealacanth Studios. She paints a native and protected bird species; the beautiful Roseate Spoonbill. With the project slogan "Only Rain Down the Drain", the artwork educates the public that rain flows through this stormdrain to canals and to the Indian River Lagoon where Spoonbills feed. We must keep the stormdrains free of pollution and protect our local ecosystem. More stormdrains around IRC will be painted starting in September 2020!

Stormdrain art

Osprey Acres Stormwater Park & Nature Preserve

Open daily 8am – 4pm (closed Tuesdays)
Located at 925 5th ST SW, Vero Beach FL 32962

Osprey Acres Stormwater Park & Nature Preserve Brochure

Protecting the Indian River Lagoon

Indian River County is effectively restoring and maintaining the health of the Indian River Lagoon with nutrient and trash removal facilities and programs combined with significant educational and legislative initiatives. Learn more by watching this short video:


2019/2020 Goals and Objectives

Stormwater Education and Fertilizer Enforcement Related Activities

  • Continue to educate citizens and businesses, and enforce the Fertilizer Ordinance County-wide, including the City of Vero Beach and the Town of Indian River Shores.
  • Create new video to show on the County government television channel and stormwater website, a program presenting PC Main Screening System, Egret Marsh Stormwater Park, Osprey Marsh Nutrient Removal Facility, and Osprey Acres on how they prevent pollution to the Indian River Lagoon.
  • Continue to address illicit discharge reports as needed to protect the Lagoon.
  • Continue to present Enviroscape Model to schools, clubs, and camps in the County, encouraging stormwater pollution prevention.
  • Host the “Let’s Chalk About It: A Healthy Lagoon” chalk contest at another environmental event.
  • Continue to participate in summer camps that teach students how to protect the Lagoon from stormwater pollution and encourage their careers towards environmental science.
  • Create new media and marketing for the Fertilizer Ordinance to increase positive awareness.
  • Enhance public stormwater education activities.

Stormwater Pollution Control Activities

  • Continue operation and maintenance of PC Main Screening System.
  • Continue operation and maintenance of Egret Marsh Stormwater Park.
  • Begin operation and maintenance of Osprey Acres Floway and Nature Preserve.

Stormwater Enforcement Related Activities

  • Continue to implement Best Management Practices at roadway projects, commercial projects, salvage yards, industrial facilities, residential developments, construction sites, and dewatering projects during site inspections.
  • Continue to work with County Surveyor to identify and map priority-screening areas and locate unpermitted outfalls.
  • Continue to work to reduce erosion and sedimentation into County MS4 conveyance systems, waters of the state, and Florida Outstanding waterways to address pollution in the lagoon.
  • Enforce the County Fertilizer Ordinance to protect the Lagoon.
Please do not call this office - Please call the Road and Bridge Division at 772-226-3970