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Posted on May 17, 2022 at 10:02 AM by Rachel Douglas
May 15-21 is designated as National Public Works week – an opportunity for communities to recognize the impact that public infrastructure, community programs, and the people who make it all happen have on our daily lives. This year’s theme is “Ready and Resilient” which reflects the spirit of those in public works in overcoming the unique challenges faced in recent years.
Despite the impacts of the nationwide pandemic, our employees have been ready to adapt and have worked diligently to be resilient in ensuring continuity of key public services. Whether that be adjusting personal work schedules to ensure key operations are properly staffed, providing customer service from alternate work locations, responding to off-hours emergencies, or by just continuing to show up each day ready to do whatever it takes to serve Springfield’s needs, our employees have answered the call time and time again. It is appropriate that we take time this week to consider the impact of these individuals in making Springfield a great place to live and work.
Environmental Services strives to protect the quality of life of our citizens and the unique natural resources of our region by providing exceptional management of wastewater, stormwater, and solid waste for the visitors and citizens of Springfield. In executing that mission, we:
Adults and youth that are middle school age and older can learn more about career opportunities in the public works field by viewing a short video by the American Public Works Association and/or reviewing a downloadable matrix which summarizes public works career paths based on desired work environment, type of work, and education/training.
Elementary age youth can learn more about a community's public works efforts through a video here.
755 N. Franklin Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802
Posted on May 9, 2022 at 10:03 AM by Rachel Douglas
I have the pleasure of serving Environmental Services as their Communication Coordinator. I get to see and hear about everything this innovative department is doing every day. My first response is regularly something like ‘That is SO COOL…..but what does it mean?’ When you ask our team of professionals to break down their highly technical functions for the common person, their passion and dedication really shines through.
I’m excited to finally launch the ES blog as a way for these awesome environmental professionals to share their passion and knowledge directly with our residents.
Blog entries here will touch on a wide assortment of topics, with experts breaking down technical information, spotlighting local projects and practices, summarizing data-filled reports and providing insight into national industry discussions and trends.
Get ready to geek out with us and learn more about Environmental Services!
Department of Public Information and Civic Engagement
City of Springfield
840 N Booneville, Springfield, MO 65802
Posted on May 9, 2022 at 9:24 AM by Rachel Douglas
The City of Springfield recently updated a legal agreement with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to reduce sewer overflows and improve water quality. This new agreement dedicates a portion of funding to stormwater infrastructure and treatment practices called Green Infrastructure (GI). Green Infrastructure was formalized in the Clean Water Act by Congress in 2019 as an additional tool to improve water quality.
The City of Springfield’s stormwater pipes and sanitary sewer pipes are separate systems. So, the water that goes down the sink and the water that falls onto a parking lot do not drain to the same place. The water that goes down your sink, out of your toilet or down your shower drain all drains into the public sanitary sewer system which drains to one of the City’s two wastewater treatment plants which gets treated and returned to the environment. The rainwater that falls onto parking lots, roofs and roads drains into a system of pipes, detention basins or other infrastructure which drains directly to our streams and area lakes. Stormwater runoff collects pollutants on the ground but can be treated through different types of stormwater infrastructure. Pollutants can include excessive amounts of fertilizer, motor oil, dirt/sediment, trash or pet waste.
Green Infrastructure is a category of stormwater infrastructure that can remove pollutants from stormwater and minimize the amount of stormwater runoff from leaving a site. Green Infrastructure uses various mechanisms to treat, store or slow the stormwater runoff created from a certain area. A classic example of GI is called a rain garden. These gardens are designed to feature a very porous soil mix planted with native plants to help with absorbing and treating the polluted stormwater. Another example of GI is a green roof. These specially designed building roofs have vegetation covering the roof surface which collects the stormwater and reduces the amount of stormwater that drains to the stormwater system. A type of green infrastructure that does not incorporate plants is called pervious pavement. These pavement systems use unique materials to allow rainwater to flow through the pavement, rather than off the pavement and into the ground.
With this new funding allocation, the City plans to install more GI practices throughout the City to reduce and treat polluted stormwater through programs and projects like enhancing urban tree canopy restoration and preservation efforts, stream restoration projects, parking lot disconnect projects, and various rain garden projects to name a few. Stay tuned for more updates on new GI programs, projects and partnerships!
290 E Central St, Springfield, MO 65802