The Environmental Services Division has three sections that work together to ensure the quality and control of our water resources. This includes mosquito and aquatic plant management and stormwater management.
The Mosquito and Aquatic Plants Management section helps ensure a reasonable quality of life for all residents and visitors of Lake County through the management of mosquitoes and other biting arthropods of public-health importance as well as managing invasive and problematic aquatic plants to minimize flooding situations, restore navigation and help maintain the natural integrity of Lake County's aquatic systems.
The Stormwater Section is responsible for administering the adopt-a-lake program, floodplain management program, basin studies, the TMDL program and the NPDES permit. Drainage and water quality related improvements are also administered through this section. Also, this section is responsible for residential lot grading inspections. The Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program is a volunteer program that helps to preserve and enhance the County’s lakes. It is similar in some aspects to an adopt-a-road program.
The Budget Section compiles and monitors the annual budget and manages the day-to-day financial functions for the Department of Public Works. The operations of the Department are primarily funded the County Transportation Trust Fund that consists of the following sources:
- Constitutional Gas Tax (2-cents tax on gasoline and other petroleum products),
- County Gas Tax (1-cent tax on motor fuel and special fuel imposed at the wholesale level),
- Ninth-Cent Gas Tax (1-cent tax on motor fuel and special fuel sold within the County’s jurisdiction), and
- Local Option Fuel Tax (6-cents tax on motor fuel and special fuel sold at retail within the County’s jurisdiction).