Seminole County, Florida’s Natural Choice, has many beautiful lakes that bring nature to our suburban setting. Environmental stressors, including stormwater and fertilizer runoff, threaten the health of these natural resources by increasing the amount of nutrients and pollutants that reach each of these waterbodies. It is widely recognized that aquatic plants play a vital role in the protection of lakes by filtering pollutants, reducing erosion, and providing wildlife habitat.
Until 2018, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) was the permitting agency for most lakes in Florida. A 2018 legislative rule change increased the size of permit exempt waterbodies of Florida and reduced the State’s oversight of shoreline management to waterbodies that exceed 160 acres surface area. As a result of this, there are only a handful of lakes in Seminole County that remain protected from shoreline clearing under the new rule. The Seminole County Shoreline Protection Ordinance (SPO) would only pertain to those waterbodies no longer protected by the State rules.
If you would like to review the Seminole County Shoreline Protection Ordinance, please click here.
Thomas Calhoun, Principal Environmental Scientist
Educational Resources - Citizen Guide to Lake Management (booklet), Lakefront Revegetation (booklet), How to Plant Your Lakefront (booklet), the UF/IFAS Plant Directory and the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. For more information about invasive plants, permits, and the Florida Aquatic Weed Control Act, please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at myfwc.com.