Low Impact Development

Low Impact Development (LID) is a development strategy used to manage stormwater to lessen the impacts of runoff and stormwater pollution. LID works with existing natural features on site to treat stormwater runoff. The use of LID is becoming more common in Springfield , and examples can be found at the following locations:

A sidewalk which allows grass to grow through it in square patches.

Green Circle Shopping Center

Case Study: Green Circle Shopping Center (PDF) - Published by James River Basin Partnership as part of the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) federal grant that provided $196,000 to help fund the rain water cistern, green roof, and pervious pavement at Green Circle Shopping Center, a Platinum LEED-Certified Building.


Legacy Trails


Legacy Trails is a Habitat for Humanity subdivision just north of Springfield that is designed using low impact development principles including curbless streets, swales, rain gardens, and native plantings.

Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill

This unique site demonstrates a variety of low impact development features and serves as a place for the public to learn about and interact with water. Visit the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks to learn more.

Discovery Center


This Gold LEED-Certified Building contains LID features including rain water cisterns and a green roof. Signage throughout the building educates visitors about its green features. Learn more from the Discovery Center.

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