Posted on: September 15, 2016

City’s Sustainability Officer Barbara Lucks announces resignation

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After 22 years with the City of Springfield, most notably as the City’s first sustainability officer, Barbara Lucks is announcing her resignation (effective in mid-October) to work full time as a private consultant.

Lucks join...Read on...

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Posted on: August 30, 2016

City’s plan for continued sewer upgrades a sound investment

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City Council received a refresher course Tuesday on a long-term plan they approved in November 2014 for Springfield to reduce sewer system overflows and protect water quality. Implementation of this plan will require moderate sew...Read on...

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Posted on: July 11, 2016

Brentwood area property owners invited to Private Sewer Repair Program open house tomorrow

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Property owners and residents in the Brentwood neighborhood are invited to an informational open house 5:30 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 at Pershing Middle School, 2120 S. Ventura Ave., to learn about the City of Springfield’s Private Sewer Repair Program. ...Read on...

View a map of eligible properties.
Posted on: June 29, 2016

Planned sewer rate increase takes effect July 1

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Residents on City wastewater service will see a planned rate increase beginning July 1. The City of Springfield contracts with City Utilities for sanitary sewer services billing, so customers will notice this change on their Augu...Read on...

Posted on: June 21, 2016

Sewer smoke testing in Oak Grove neighborhood to begin June 22

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The City of Springfield's Clean Water Services division will perform smoke testing in the FC15 sewer basin beginning the week of June 22. The Fassnight Creek 15 basin is located in the Oak Grove neighborhood, roughly south of E. ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 13, 2016

EPA recognizes Springfield for 17 years of successful redevelopment using brownfields grants

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The City of Springfield was officially recognized today by EPA Region 7 for its successful 17-year history of redevelopment of formerly polluted properties. Since 1999, using a little more than $7 million in EPA Brownfields grant...Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2016

Sewer smoke testing between North Patterson Avenue and Highway 65 to begin June 14

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The City of Springfield's Clean Water Services division will perform smoke testing in the JC13 sewer basin beginning the week of June 13. The Jordan Creek 13 basin is located North of Chestnut Expressway between North Patterson A...Read on...

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Posted on: May 18, 2016

EPA awards $200,000 to Springfield for job training program

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A $200,000 grant to The Missouri Job Center will provide job opportunities in the city’s northwest quadrant. The grant funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be used to recruit, train and place local unemployed a...Read on...

Learn more about the Brownfields Program.
Posted on: May 17, 2016

Sewer smoke testing on MSU campus begins May 18

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The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will perform smoke testing on Missouri State University's campus Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. Boundaries for the testing are National Avenue (east), Grand St...Read on...

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Posted on: May 16, 2016

Sewer insurance program not sanctioned by the City

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

Posted on: May 16, 2016

Phase 4 of Springfield Private Sewer Repair Program to launch with May 17 meeting

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The City of Springfield will launch phase 4 of its Private Sewer Repair Program with an informational open house for eligible properties 5:30–7 p.m., Tuesday, May 17 at the Greene County Archives Building, 1126 N. Boonville Ave.

The program provides f...Read on...

View a map of eligible properties.
Posted on: May 7, 2016

Unhealthy air quality alert for Sunday, possibly Monday, for Springfield area

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The City of Springfield is monitoring a wildfire smoke plume from Canada that is anticipated to inundate the Springfield airshed by Sunday morning with the strong smell of burning firewood. This is an alert for high levels of fin...Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2016

16th annual Choose Environmental Excellence awards announced

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Twelve organizations presented a total of 21 awards celebrating the efforts, dedication and accomplishments of a wide variety of recipients. Each presenting organization at the Awards Luncheon determines their own award criteria a...Read on...

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Posted on: April 26, 2016

16th annual Choose Environmental Excellence awards to be presented Friday, April 29

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The 16th annual Springfield/Greene County Choose Environmental Excellence awards will be presented Friday, April 29 at a noon luncheon at the White River Conference Center, 600 W. Sunshine, Springfield, as a part of Springfield's ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

Environmental Services dedicates Clean Water Services Operations Building

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In celebration of Earth Day, the City of Springfield Environmental Services Department dedicated the new Clean Water Services Operations Building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility open house Friday, April 22 at 755 N. Franklin Avenue.

This...Read on...

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Posted on: April 20, 2016

MEDIA ALERT: Public invited to Open House for new Clean Water Services Operations Building April 22

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The public is invited to celebrate Earth Day with the dedication of the new City of Springfield Environmental Services Clean Water Services Operations Building 10 a.m. – noon, Friday, April 22 at 755 N. Franklin Avenue. Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremo...Read on...

Posted on: April 7, 2016

Yardwaste and Lone Pine Recycling Centers open Sundays during spring yard clean-up season

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In an effort to serve the public during the spring yard clean-up season, the City’s Yardwaste Recycling Center and Lone Pine Recycling Center will be open on Sundays 1-5 p.m. through May 15.

In addition, the City’s three recy...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2016

Celebrate Earth Month 2016 with variety of events and activities

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The local observance of the 46th Earth Day is an offering of a variety of activities. This year’s Arbor Day celebration marks the celebration of the city of Springfield’s 31st year as a Tree City, USA.

A complete schedule of ...Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2016

City employee dies in accident at landfill

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John Wesley Choate died after an accident at the City’s landfill. Choate worked at the City in various capacities since 2008, most recently as a maintenance worker.

“We are all saddened by the loss of one of our own” said City...Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2016

City maintenance worker injured in landfill accident

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A 53-year-old male maintenance worker has been transported to Mercy Hospital following an industrial accident at the City’s landfill this morning. Police are onsite performing an industrial accident investigation, per protocol. Th...Read on...

Posted on: February 9, 2016

Sanitary sewer smoke testing this week around East Kearney between Glenstone and Burton

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The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will perform sanitary sewer smoke testing Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week in the PR19 basin (east and west of East Kearney Street between North Glenstone and North...Read on...

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Posted on: February 2, 2016

City’s newest street sweeper reinforces water quality message

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The City’s newest street sweeper not only cleans streets, but acts as a high-impact mobile billboard to remind citizens of their role in keeping Ozarks waterways clean.

“The ‘Working together to protect our streams one mile at...Read on...

Posted on: January 5, 2016

UPDATE: Sewer smoke testing on MSU campus postponed due to impending weather

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Due to impending inclement weather, the smoke testing planned for sanitary sewers on the MSU campus this week has been postponed.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will perform smoke...Read on...

View smoke testing Q&A.
Posted on: December 15, 2015

Several options available for Christmas tree recycling this season

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

Bass Pro

Bass Pro will accept trees at the fe...Read on...

Download holiday season waste reduction tip sheet.
Posted on: November 12, 2015

Environmental Services sponsors free day at Discovery Center to celebrate America Recycles Day

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The City of Springfield’s Environmental Services department is partnering with the Discovery Center of Springfield 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 to celebrate American Recycles Day with free admission and interactive exhibits...Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2015

Don’t waste those leaves – recycle them!

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For many of us, an Ozarks autumn wouldn’t be complete without long drives along country roads to gaze at the beautiful gold, crimson and orange leaves. However, once the leaves fall from the trees, we’re tasked with disposing of ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

EPA announces revised Ground-Level Ozone Standard; SGF currently in attainment

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the revised Ground-Level Ozone standard today. The Springfield region is officially 68 ppb, though the values are expected to be 61 ppb once the 2013-2015 readings are ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 23, 2015

Ozarks Clean Air Alliance to host media workshop on ground-level ozone on Friday

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The Ozarks Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) will present an informational workshop for the media on the topic of ground-level ozone 10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 25 in the community room at the City’s Environmental Resource Center, 29...Read on...

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Posted on: July 17, 2015

Sanitary sewer smoke testing planned for next week in Ward Branch 05 basin

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The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will begin sanitary sewer smoke testing in the Ward Branch 05 basin (the region near Ozark Highlands Mobile Home Park west of Glenstone Avenue) the week of July 20.

Smo...Read on...

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Posted on: July 7, 2015

Unhealthy level air quality alert today and tonight

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The City of Springfield is monitoring a wildfire smoke plume from the Canadian Yukon that is anticipated to enter the Springfield airshed this afternoon. This is an alert for high levels of fine particulates in this smoke plume f...Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2015

Sanitary sewer smoke testing to begin next week

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The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will begin smoke testing in the Jordan Creek 11 sewer basin the week of July 6. The Jordan Creek 11 basin is located north of East Blaine Street between North Link Avenue an...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2015

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 change on their August CU bills.
...Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2015

Galloway property owners invited to Private Sewer Repair Program open house tomorrow

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Property owners and residents of the Galloway 01 sewer basin are invited to an open house 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 17 at Holy Trinity Church, 2818 E. Bennett St., to learn about the City of Springfield’s Private Sewer Repair ...Read on...

Posted on: June 9, 2015

City's sewer overflow control plan approved by Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources

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The City of Springfield has received approval for its Sanitary Sewer Overflow Control Plan (OCP) by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Approved by City Council last December, the OCP is the City’s response to a 2012...Read on...

Posted on: June 8, 2015

Construction begins June 15 to restore South Creek along Sunset Street

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The City’s Public Works and Environmental Services departments will begin construction June 15 on the South Creek Restoration Project, which will remove the concrete channel and restore the creek to a more natural condition in th...Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2015

Ribbon cutting for City Government Plaza parking lots project Friday at 10:30 a.m.

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Please join the City of Springfield at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 22 to cut the ribbon for the reconstructed parking lots at City Government Plaza. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to the Busch Municipal Building Lob...Read on...

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Posted on: May 4, 2015

City to issue $41 million of bonds for sewer system improvements May 11

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The City of Springfield plans to issue approximately $41 million of bonds for sewer system improvements, which have been rated Aa2 by Moody’s Investor’s Service. Moody’s also affirmed the Aa1rating on the City’s outstanding genera...Read on...

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 Greenway and Stormw...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 and final tree-pla...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 modern environmental m...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 School, 2927 S. Kimbroug...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 times over the past...Read on...

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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 Springfield-Greene Co...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 update follows a sober...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 voluntary green bu...Read on...

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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 & Election Center, 1126 N. Boonville.WH...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 by recycling their food scraps. Ten of Springfield’s Fire Stations are now “vermicomposting” sites where food scraps are recycled ...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 Avenue and circulate ...Read on...

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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 ProBass Pro will accept trees at the fenced area at ...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 years in the making...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 officials there have work...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 and other yardwaste...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 stormwater management, a...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 requested a separate inv...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 about a milky substanc...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 drains.

"Whe...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 stormwater management ...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 sewer system totaling...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 interaction that p...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 stabilization to protect road embankments and improve water quality as well as a c...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 pollution that reaches our...Read on...

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