January 21, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Annual Report Details Efforts to Protect Water Quality

The City's annual report detailing its storm water management program and activities is now available and can be viewed at www.springfieldmo.gov/stormwater.

The annual report is submitted to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to document the City's activities fulfilling the requirements of its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit as well as additional efforts to protect the quality of area streams and lakes.

The City's MS4 permit is part of a program within the federal Clean Water Act requiring communities across the country to conduct a variety of programs and activities to reduce the impacts of urban storm water runoff pollution to area waterways. City efforts cited in the report include:

The report notes that a major challenge for the program is the lack of an adequate long-term funding source to provide resources needed to comply with increasing federal and state water quality regulations and meet the City's needs for flood protection and replacement of aging infrastructure.

For more information, contact: Todd Wagner or Carrie Lamb in the Storm Water Services Division of the Department of Public Works, (417) 864-1901.

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov