Posted on: June 27, 2017

Planned sewer rate increase takes effect July 1

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Residents on City sewer service will see a planned rate increase beginning July 1, in order to continue improving the City’s aging sewer system and to remain in compliance with federal Clean Water Act regulations. The City o...

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Posted on: June 13, 2017

Community Involvement Committee hears recommendations for reducing the use of coal tar sealants

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City Council’s Community Involvement Committee (Mayor Pro Tem Jan Fisk, Zone 2 Councilman Tom Prater, Zone 1 Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson and General Seat D Richard Ollis) met Tuesday, June 13 to hear additional i...

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

Sewer smoke testing in Robberson and Woodland Heights neighborhoods starts Tuesday

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The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will perform sanitary sewer smoke testing in the Robberson and Woodland Heights neighborhoods starting Tuesday, May 30. 

The sewers being tested are a...

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View smoke testing Q&A. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
Posted on: April 20, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: City to dedicate improvements to Yardwaste Recycling Center 10 a.m. April 21

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The City of Springfield will host a pre-Earth Day celebration 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday, April 21 to dedicate the newly upgraded Yardwaste Recycling Center (3790 Farm Road 119, Brookline). 

Due to the threat of...

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View the full Earth Month activities list. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
Posted on: April 18, 2017

City shares results of Trash and Recycling Collection Efficiency Study

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The City of Springfield has concluded the first phases of a Trash and Recycling Collection Efficiency Study that have included an analysis of the current collection system, several methods of public outreach and regional and...

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View the final study report. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
Posted on: April 12, 2017

City to dedicate improvements to Yardwaste Recycling Center April 21

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The City of Springfield will host a pre-Earth Day celebration 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday, April 21 to dedicate the newly upgraded Yardwaste Recycling Center (3790 Farm Road 119, Brookline).

A dedication ceremony will tak...

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View the full Earth Month activities list. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
Posted on: April 3, 2017

Celebrate Earth Month 2017 with a variety of events and activities

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The local observance of the 47th Earth Day is an offering of a variety of activities celebrating the outdoors and encouraging environmental stewardship. 

A complete schedule of events for the month of April is availa...

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View the 2017 Earth Month events list. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
Posted on: January 20, 2017

Source of green substance in Fassnight Creek confirmed

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City officials have confirmed that the green substance found in Fassnight Creek Thursday afternoon was a non-hazardous fluorescein dye. A nearby facility used the dye to determine where some patio drains at the fac...

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City of Springfield Environment News Releases
Posted on: January 19, 2017

City reports non-hazardous dye found in Fassnight Creek

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City Officials report that a green substance found in Fassnight Creek Thursday afternoon is most likely a non-hazardous substance such as fluorescein dye.

At 2 p.m. the Springfield Fire Department received a call reporting a ...

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City of Springfield Environment News Releases
Posted on: January 9, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: City to host second opportunity for input on trash and recycling at Open House Jan. 11

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The City of Springfield will host a second opportunity for the public to learn about the ongoing Trash and Recycling Collection Efficiency Study and provide feedback at an informational open house 5:30 – 7 p.m. Wed...

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View the study Fact Sheet. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
Posted on: December 22, 2016

City seeks public input regarding trash and recycling collection

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Springfield residents are encouraged to complete an online public input survey regarding trash and recycling collection within the city limits. This survey seeks to gather information on current collection services offered a...

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Visit www.springfieldmo.gov/trashstudy. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
Posted on: December 9, 2016

Sewer smoke testing near Evangel University to begin Dec. 12

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The City of Springfield's Clean Water Services division will perform sanitary sewer smoke testing near Evangel University beginning Monday, Dec. 12. 

The sewers being tested lie roughly along Glenstone Avenu...

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View smoke testing Q&A. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
Posted on: November 14, 2016

MEDIA ALERT: Trash and Recycling Collection Study telephone survey begins Nov. 14

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On behalf of the City of Springfield, Fort Hays State University Institute of Public Affairs students, under the direction of consultant firm Burns & McDonnell, will begin conducting a telephone survey of Springfield residents...Read on...

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Posted on: November 2, 2016

MEDIA ALERT: City to host public open house on efficiency of trash and recycling services Nov. 10

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The City of Springfield will host an Informational Open House 5:30 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Discovery Center (438 E. St. Louis St.) to offer information about the on-going Trash and Recycling Collection Efficiency Study. ...Read on...

View the study Fact Sheet. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
Posted on: October 26, 2016

City celebrates completion of the South Creek Restoration Project

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The City of Springfield hosted a celebration of the completion of the South Creek Restoration Project at a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Sunset Street and Grant Avenue, near the South Creek Greenway Trail.

The purpose of the project wa...Read on...

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Posted on: October 25, 2016

City of Springfield to study the efficiency of trash and recycling services, gather public input

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The City of Springfield is studying the efficiency of trash and recycling collection services within the city limits. The Department of Environmental Services has selected Burns and McDonnell as a consultant firm to conduct the st...Read on...

City of Springfield Environment News Releases
Posted on: October 25, 2016

MEDIA ALERT: City to celebrate the completion of the South Creek Restoration Project Oct. 26

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The City of Springfield invites the public to celebrate the completion of the South Creek Restoration Project at a ribbon cutting ceremony 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Sunset Street and Grant Avenue, near the South Creek Greenway Trail. Parking is availa...Read on...

View a map of eligible properties. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
Posted on: October 10, 2016

Glenwood Village property owners invited to Private Sewer Repair Program open house Oct. 11

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Property owners and residents in the Glenwood Village neighborhood and surrounding area are invited to an informational open house 5:30 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Cooper Tennis Complex, 2701 E. Pythian St., to learn about the City of Springfield’s Priv...Read on...

View a map of eligible properties. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

View smoke testing Q&A. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

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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. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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

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. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

Visit the Choose Environmental Excellence website. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

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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...

City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

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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. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

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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...

More about air quality. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

More about ozone City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

View smoke testing Q&A. City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

City of Springfield Environment News Releases
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...

View smoke testing Q&A. City of Springfield Environment News Releases