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Northeast District Outreach - Ombudsman

If you would like to submit an environmental concern to the Northeast District, please complete the Citizen Concern form.

The ombudsman is responsible for:

  • Assisting members of the public who have questions or complaints.
  • Clarifying or explaining complicated issues.
  • Resolving disagreements.
  • Responding to legislative requests.
  • Responding to media inquiries.
  • Coordinating outreach and volunteer activities.
  • Fulfilling public records requests for multiple programs.

Russell Simpson - Ombudsman/Media Relations/External Affairs or 904-256-1653

Media Relations

When reporters have questions, the Northeast District's Ombudsman is available to answer them. As a liaison between reporters and Northeast District staff, the Ombudsman also lets the media know about environmental news in the district and schedules interviews between the media and district staff if necessary.


DEP's Northeast District can provide your school, community or organization with speakers and presentations on a variety of environmental conservation and protection topics. The list below reflects major topic areas that staff members can address, but if you don't see the subject you're interested in, call us. If DEP cannot provide a speaker for you, we will help you locate another resource.


  • Air Pollution
  • Biology
  • Contaminated Sites
  • Drinking Water
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Citizenship
  • Environmental Waste
  • Industrial Facilities
  • Invertebrates
  • Landfills
  • Reclaimed Water
  • Recycling
  • St. Johns River
  • Solid Waste
  • State Lands
  • State Parks
  • Stormwater
  • Wetlands

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