City of Springfield Environment News Releases

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Posted on: April 27, 2015

Dedication for Fassnight Creek Greenway and Stormwater Project Thursday at 11 a.m.

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Please join the City of Springfield, Ozark Greenways Inc., the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and Greene County at 11 a.m., Thursday April 30 for the dedication and ribbon cutting for the Fassnight Creek ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 7, 2015

Springfield to celebrate 30 years as a Tree City USA with 30 tree plantings April 10

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The City of Springfield will mark its 30th year as a Tree City USA with 30 tree plantings throughout the day and an Arbor Day celebration on Park Central Square at 4:30 p.m. April 10, which will feature the 30th...Read on...

Download "Building with Trees" PowerPoint.
Posted on: April 3, 2015

Earth Month 2015 full of activities and educational opportunities

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What began as a one-day celebration of the natural environment more than 40 years ago has expanded to include all of April. The first Earth Day, held on April 22, 1970, is widely credited with launching the mod...Read on...

View Earth Month 2015 activities.
Posted on: April 2, 2015

Arbor Day poster contest winner to be honored with tree-dedication ceremony tomorrow

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Cowden Elementary fifth-grader Marion Deweerd will be honored with a tree-dedication ceremony for her city-wide and state of Missouri award-winning Arbor Day poster at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 3 at Cowden Elementary Schoo...Read on...

Posted on: March 31, 2015

Citizen-led Environmental Priorities Task Force presents recommendations

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Dan Hoy and Fred Palmerton, co-chairs of the Springfield-Greene County Citizens Environmental Task Force, walked City and County officials through recommendations today.

The 31-member advisory group met nine ...Read on...

Download presentation.
Posted on: March 30, 2015

Citizen-led Environmental Priorities Task Force to present findings Tuesday

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Representatives from a 31-member citizen task force will present the group’s findings to City Council and the Greene County Commission at noon, Tuesday, March 31 at the Public Safety Center, 330 W. Scott Street.

The Sp...Read on...

Posted on: February 3, 2015

City, County leaders update Council and Commission on urgent stormwater issues

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City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter dove right into urgent stormwater management issues at a joint meeting of Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission. The upd...Read on...

View the Task Force's report.
Posted on: January 27, 2015

Green Building Task Force recommends program to finance energy conservation improvements

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The Springfield-Greene County Green Building Task Force presented its recommendations to City Council and the Greene County Commission Jan. 27.

Included in the recommendations is encouraging and incentivizing...Read on...

View the report.
Posted on: January 27, 2015

Green Building Task Force to present recommendations to Council and Greene County Commission today

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WHO: The Springfield-Greene County Green Building Task Force.
WHAT: Presentation of recommendations to City Council and the Greene County Commission.
WHEN: Noon.
WHERE: Greene County Archives & ...Read on...

Posted on: January 5, 2015

Springfield Fire Stations promote environmental sustainability

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Firefighters are known for saving homes. Now, they’re doing their part to help save the environment b...Read on...

More information on vermicomposting
Posted on: December 16, 2014

Phase I of Government Plaza parking lot reconstruction complete; public lot to reopen Wednesday

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The public parking lot directly in front of the Busch Municipal Building will reopen to the public at 7 a.m., Wednesday. The new parking lot will allow traffic to enter at the new north entrance on Robberson Av...Read on...

Visit Big Urbie's Web site.
Posted on: December 15, 2014

Options available for recycling Christmas trees

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Springfield residents are reminded that Christmas trees are not accepted at Missouri landfills. Several options are available for recycling this year’s trees, however.

Bass Pro
B...Read on...

Posted on: November 24, 2014

City’s plan for continued sewer upgrades a sound investment

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A long-term sewer overflow control plan, (a plan required by state and federal environmental regulators to reduce sewer system overflows) will be presented to City Council Monday night. The plan, which has been ...Read on...

Posted on: November 18, 2014

Springfield ‘saves’ Hollywood

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The City of Hollywood, Florida is looking to Springfield to “save the day.”

Hollywood is spending thousands of dollars a day to truck liquid oxygen to its treatment plant to treat its wastewater while offici...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Recycling Centers offer Sunday hours to accommodate fall yardwaste season

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Most Springfieldians only have to venture as far as their own backyards to enjoy the fall foliage. But what to do with those beautiful leaves once they’ve fallen? City ordinances prohibit the dumping of leaves ...Read on...

View a video about how to maintain your property.
Posted on: October 14, 2014

City, County and CU to receive $67,000 from EPA in technical assistance for integrated planning

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Springfield is one of five communities that will receive $67,000 each in technical assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help develop components of integrated plans for wastewater and storm...Read on...

Springfield's Integrated Plan Web site
Posted on: October 7, 2014

City continues review of Southwest Treatment Plant

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The City of Springfield has concluded a personnel investigation within the Department of Environmental Services. All personnel matters are private and confidential. Springfield City Manager Greg Burris has reque...Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2014

City identifies source of milky substance in Jordan Creek

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The City of Springfield’s Department of Environmental Services has identified the source of the substance that recently impacted Jordan Creek.

After receiving word from the public the morning of Sept. 24 abo...Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2014

Help protect waterways with proper disposal of yardwaste and leaves this fall

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While the City’s Environmental Services and Public Works departments enjoy autumn as much as anyone, they aren’t looking forward to the problems the fallen leaves create when they make their way into the storm d...Read on...

View a video about how to maintain your property.
Posted on: September 23, 2014

Council learns more about stormwater policies and practice

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City of Springfield stormwater engineer Todd Wagner addressed City Council Tuesday at the weekly lunch workshop. He presented information at the request of Council members, who had questions about the City’s sto...Read on...

Posted on: August 26, 2014

City prepares to submit latest sewer overflow control plans to regulators

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The Long-Term Overflow Control Plan, (a plan required by state and federal environmental regulators to reduce sewer system overflows) will be submitted in December. It will recommend investments in the local se...Read on...

Posted on: August 25, 2014

High temperatures plus sunshine plus automobiles equals ground-level ozone

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The current stretch of high temperatures brings more than just discomfort from the heat . Combined with the sunny days and emissions produced from automobiles and other gas-powered equipment, it also causes the...Read on...

Posted on: August 6, 2014

Work completed on Upper Ward Branch Stormwater and Trail Improvement Project

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Work on the Ward Branch Stormwater and Greenway Trail Improvements Project is complete. This was a multi-purpose project that included stream bank stabiliza...Read on...

Posted on: September 24, 2014

Demolition begins Thursday for City Government Plaza parking lots project

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Demolition of the parking lot at the City Government Plaza will begin Thursday, Sept. 25 as part of a grant-funded project to demonstrate ways of managing stormwater that reduce the amount of runoff and polluti...Read on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2014

Planned sewer rate increase takes effect July 1

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Residents on City wastewater service will see a planned rate increase July 1. The City of Springfield contracts with City Utilities for wastewater services billing, so customers will notice this on August CU bills.

Sewer rates ...Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2014

City conducting smoke testing today

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The City of Springfield's Clean Water Services Division is testing sanitary sewers today to find leaks in the system with a non-toxic, odorless smoke today within the following boundaries:

North: East Barataria Street
S...Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2014

City conducting smoke testing today

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The City of Springfield's Clean Water Services Division is testing sanitary sewers today to find leaks in the system with a non-toxic, odorless smoke today within the following boundaries:

North: East Battlefield Road
S...Read on...

Posted on: June 13, 2014

City receives grant for South Creek Restoration

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The City of Springfield has been awarded a $715,000 grant by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) for the South Creek Restoration Project. The project will remove the concrete channel and restore the creek to a more...Read on...

Posted on: June 12, 2014

Springfield in line to receive federal dollars for flood control

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Federal legislation to boost infrastructure for water resources includes significant funding for needed stormwater flood control in Springfield.

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) includes a $20.86 million a...Read on...

Posted on: June 5, 2014

Health Department, Watershed Committee stream testing underway

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It’s that time of year when Ozarks residents flock to local streams and rivers in droves for a little bit of relief from the heat. But recreational waterways can also contain harmful bacteria and parasites.

To provide swimmers ...Read on...

Posted on: June 5, 2014

Sewer insurance program not sanctioned by City

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Springfield residents may receive a letter from American Water Resources (AWC) of Missouri, informing them of their sewer service line maintenance responsibility. The letter offers an insurance product called "The Sewer Line ...Read on...