Environment

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  1. City’s plan for continued sewer upgrades a sound investment

    A long-term sewer overflow control plan, required by state and federal environmental regulators to reduce system overflows, will come to City Council Nov. 24. The plan, which has been years in the making, is required to be submitted by Dec. 31. Read on...
  2. Springfield ‘saves’ Hollywood

    Springfield City Council will go into special session immediately following today’s noon Council Lunch to approve an ordinance to allow the City to ship a vital wastewater treatment plant part to Hollywood, Florida. Read on...
  3. Recycling Centers offer Sunday hours to accommodate fall yardwaste season

    The Yardwaste Recycling Center and Lone Pine Recycling Center are now open 1-5 p.m. on Sundays Nov. 2-Dec. 7 in addition to their winter season hours, which are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Read on...
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EarthA large portion of our local quality of life and economy relies on our environmental stewardship. The City is very proud of our community’s track record of environmental compliance and recognizes we must protect our environmental resources for future generations.

The City’s Sustainability Office offers educational and outreach programs about a variety of topics, including recycling for homes and businesses, air quality, composting and vermicomposting.

Springfield has been held up as a “model community” by both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) The City, Greene County and City Utilities continued building an integrated plan framework that would allow a more holistic approach to the various unfunded environmental mandates that all communities are facing – wastewater, stormwater, drinking water, air quality and solid waste.

The plan also takes into account community affordability in a new, and in our opinion, more equitable way than state and federal regulators currently propose. The City proposed this integrated plan framework to both EPA and Missouri DNR. If crafted successfully, the framework could become a national model.