Adopt-A-Stream

Adopt-A-Stream connects us directly to our streams. We remove trash, enjoy the stream environment and celebrate the improvements in our water quality, parks and trails over time. As we become ever better water stewards, we'll see improvements in the health of our streams and beauty of our surroundings.

The Adopt-A-Stream program is an opportunity for citizens to become involved with the City’s efforts to keep our streams free from trash while connecting with your team. The City of Springfield recognizes that waterways are the most common places for garbage to end up when it’s not disposed of properly. We need your help to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of our home.

Make Your Positive Impact

It’s so easy, anyone can adopt! Individuals, families, businesses and community groups can adopt a pre-selected portion of a major stream, a small creek or drainage way in need of periodic cleanup. The City provides tools and resources you need to organize your stream cleanup.

On average, adopted areas are 1 mile. You’re committing to clean up your entire adopted stream segment at least 3 times per year for at least one full year. Adoptions are renewed automatically upon completing the required 3 cleanups annually.

How It Works

  1. Create a team of committed individuals and pick a team name to be posted on your Adopt-A-Stream sign.
  2. Select from your group one or more Adopt-A-Stream captains. Your captain will attend an orientation to your stream section, learn Adopt-A-Stream protocols, and assist the team in planning 3 cleanups a year.
  3. Visit the Adopt-A-Stream website for important information and steps for adoption. Insert “City of Springfield Adopt-A-Stream” in your website’s search browser. The top result will take you directly to the adoption website. Streams in need of adoption are listed on the web page. Even if all streams have been adopted, the program is always growing, and the possibilities are endless.
  4. Contact Kellie Herman via email (kherman@springfieldmo.gov) with the following information:
    • Name of Organization
    • Captain’s Name
    • Stream Section
    • Name to Appear on Sign
    • Captain’s Cell Phone Number
    • Captain’s E-mail Address

Program Coordinator
Kellie Herman
Water Quality Division
Department of Environmental Services
Environmental Resource Center
290 E. Central
Springfield, MO 65802
Phone (417) 864-2087
Email: kherman@springfieldmo.gov
www.springfieldmo.gov/stormwater

What the City Provides
  • Orientation to your adopted stream segment and pointers on how to conduct a safe and successful stream clean-up.
  • Supplies including gloves, trash bags, and grabbers.
  • Removal and disposal of trash collected.
  • After completion of the first 2 cleanup events, an Adopt-A-Stream sign will be installed with your team’s name recognizing your adoption.
  • Recognition of your adoption on the City’s Adopt-A-Stream website.

Directions to Organize Your Clean-Up

  1. Chose a date and time for your cleanup. It’s entirely up to you. However, don’t conduct a cleanup immediately after a storm when water levels are high.
  2. Come to our offices on the second floor at the Environmental Resource Center, 290 E. Central, to get your plastic bags during the hours of 8am-5pm. 2-3 bags per person is a good number of bags to start with.
  3. Prior to your clean-up, communicate a check-in location where volunteers will meet at. Each person participating will need to sign the provided waiver form. This is best collected at the start of your event.
  4. Don’t forget to tell the participants to protect themselves from the sun, wear protective shoes and gloves, watch for poison ivy, and never put themselves in danger on steep slopes or picking up sharp objects. Volunteers should be encouraged to bring drinking water to prevent dehydration. Have a first-aid kit and transportation readily available.
  5. Pile the trash in a place where our crew can throw it into their truck, right off the street curb is best. Don’t forget to count your bags of trash and larger items to be reported in the completed cleanup email. Please don’t make piles on trails, trash trucks can’t be driven down trails. If potentially hazardous items are found, please call 864-1010.
  6. Some things won’t fit into the bags. That’s fine, just pile them next to the bags. If something can’t be moved to the trash pickup location, include that information in the reporting email and the project manager will coordinate it’s removal.
  7. Wash hands thoroughly after the cleanup.
  8. Once you complete a cleanup event, email the number of bags and location of trash piles to kherman@springfieldmo.gov. Submit your signed waivers by dropping them off at our offices, Environmental Resource Center, 290 E. Central, front desk or via email, scan or even text photos to the coordinator.
  9. City staff coordinates the removal of your collected trash piles based on your email.

Independent Clean-up Events
You may want to schedule a one-time stream clean-up event for a group or team without committing long term, and we want to support any effort to help keep our rivers clean. Individuals or groups wanting to do a cleanup of a stream or drainage area may call 864-2087. The City will provide bags and the removal of the trash collected.

Pollution Reporting
To report dumping or discharges of pollutants to the street, stormwater system or streams, call 864-1010 or submit a Citizen Service Request at the city’s website (link for SR on web page).

What to watch for:
  • Dumping of motor oil or other chemicals.
  • Commercial dumping of wastewater (i.e. from washing of vehicles, equipment or structures, or from services such as carpet cleaning).
  • Leaking outdoor storage of chemicals and other materials that can pollute the ground or stormwater runoff.
  • Sediment discharging from construction sites, or other muddy problems.

Thank You!
Your volunteer efforts keep our streams clean, protect water quality and encourage positive community connections.  Thank you for your commitment to improving the quality of life in Springfield!

Thank You Volunteer Teams!
Fassnight Creek- Main to Skate Park- Guminski & Sample's Big Six
Fassnight Creek- Jefferson to Main- Insurance Association of the Ozarks
Galloway Creek- Lone Pine to south Battlefield- Miller Engineering, P.C.
Galloway Creek- James River Freeway to Lake Springfield- Flanders Family
Galloway Creek- James River Freeway to Lake Springfield- Coast Guard Auxiliary
Galloway Creek- North of Lacuna to Barton- E&L Parks
Galloway Creek- North of Lacuna to Barton- Galloway Village Neighborhood Association
Jordan Creek- Mt Vernon to Grand- Alpha Gamma Sigma
Jordan Creek- Mt Vernon to Grand- 37 North Expeditions
Jordan Creek- Grand to Bennett- Olsson Associates
Jordan Creek- North Branch, National to Sherman- 417 Kids Stream Team
Jordan Creek- North Branch, Division to National- Weller Neighborhood Association
Jordan Creek- North Branch, Hampton to Bob Barker- OTC Stream Team
Jordan Creek- Main to Fort Street- MSU Engineering Program
South Creek- Golden to Carver Middle School- Terracon Consultants
South Creek- Grant to Kansas Expy- GeoEngineers, Inc.
South Creek- Jefferson to Grant- Sierra Club
South Creek- Campbell to Fort- Greene County Youth Academy
South Creek- Campbell to Fort- CoxHealth Public Safety
South Creek- National to Campbell- Greater Ozarks Audubon Society
South Dry Sac- FR 171 west through Parks property- Watershed Committee of the Ozarks
Wilsons Creek- Scenic to Hillcrest- MSU CrossFit
Wilsons Creek- Scenic to Hillcrest- Forrester Family
Wilsons Creek- Rutledge Wilson Farm Park- Oak Scout Troop: Earth Child

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