The City of Springfield has an illicit discharge ordinance that was passed in 2011 prohibiting the discharge of illegal substances into storm drains or other storm water collection systems within the city. When waste is placed in a catch basin, street or a waterway, it is the same as dumping it right into our creeks, streams and lakes as that is where the city's storm sewers discharge. Even yard clipping and leaves can lead to the loss of water habitat and kill fish.
The city has the authority to issue notices of violation and citations, and to impose civil penalties as provided in the city's Storm Water Management Ordinance, Appendix B, MS4 Permit Enforcement Response Plan. Violating the city's storm water ordinance carries a penalty of $500 to $5,000 for the first offense per day per violation found.
Help keep waterways clean by reporting violations by calling, sending an email or complete an online form. You may remain anonymous.