The City of Springfield is required to have and comply with a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for its stormwater drainage system, known as a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). The City of Springfield is regulated under Phase 1 of the NPDES program.
This permit requires the city to administer a stormwater management program to address the potential for discharges from the MS4 to negatively impact area waterways by reducing both pollutants in stormwater runoff and dumping of pollutants directly into the MS4. The permit contains specific required activities and programs that must be implemented to comply with the permit, such as stream and runoff monitoring, public education, industry inspections and more. See the annual reports for a comprehensive look at the program.
In Missouri, the NPDES program is administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). The City of Springfield was the 1st city in the state to obtain its permit which was issued by MDNR on July 26, 2002. The permit must be renewed every 5 years.
The city's permit reapplication was submitted as required in the 2005 to 2006 annual report. The city is currently working with MDNR on reissuance of the permit for the next 5 years. View the City of Springfield's operating permit.