Stormwater Management is an important part of the community's effort to improve water quality, protect fish habitat, and protect properties and infrastructure from flooding. "Stormwater" refers to runoff from urban areas. Stormwater flows to storm drains, gutters, ditches, swales, or a system of pipes, eventually ending up in the McKenzie or Willamette rivers. Unlike wastewater from indoor plumbing, stormwater is not treated before being emptied into our waterways.
The City of Springfield operates under the National Pollutant
Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program of the Federal Clean Water
Act. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued Springfield a permit
for stormwater discharges, along with a requirement to address specific areas
recognized as sources of stormwater pollution.
Springfield's Stormwater Management Plan outlines the actions that will be taken in each of the following areas:
- Public Education and Outreach- informs residents, businesses,
industries about urban stormwater runoff and pollution prevention
- Public Participation - involves the public in the stormwater
- Illicit Discharge of Contaminants - addresses illegal or illicit
of pollutants, whether accidental or intentional
- Construction Site Runoff - work with contractors and developers
where land clearing or construction may result in erosion, sedimentation,
and soil loss
- Post-Construction Erosion Control - ensures that new developments
"build in" features (such as bio-swales) to continuously manage
water quality in the future
- Good Internal Housekeeping - assesses the City's own maintenance
practices and policies to ensure that work crews use the best practices
to minimize pollution in their everyday tasks
The City manages (or participates in) a number of stormwater or "clean water" outreach programs.
Want more information about clean water efforts and what you can do? Check out our Clean Water fact sheets and annual report. You can find even more informational materials in the Resources Center.
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Report spills, illegal dumping and other serious problems to the City of Springfield's Water Pollution Reporting Hotline at 541.726.3694 or submit your report online. Filling out the form on your mobile device? You can download Acrobat Reader for mobile devices for free here.