Clean Water & Stormwater

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 Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plan provides a framework for reducing specific pollutants in the Upper Willamette River Basin. These programs and projects work hand-in-hand with actions you can take as an individual to help keep our waterways clean.

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, and industries about urban stormwater runoff and pollution prevention
  • Public Participation – involves the public in the stormwater planning process
  • Illicit Discharge of Contaminants – addresses illegal or illicit dumping 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.

Still looking for more great resources? Check out the following websites:

Report spills, illegal dumping and other serious problems:

Contact the City of Springfield’s Water Pollution Reporting Hotline at 541.726.3694 or email Please include in your email: location of pollution, type of incident (water pollution or illegal dumping); description of incident; your name, phone and email; if you’d like a follow up call or email.

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